Hundreds of water birds die in U.P.

Common loons
Common loons

GULLIVER, Mich. (WWJ/AP) - Authorities say they’ve found the bodies of about 700 water birds along a stretch of northern Lake Michigan shoreline in the Upper Peninsula.

The Mining Journal of Marquette says authorities suspect that the birds died of Type-E botulism.

The dead birds were found in Schoolcraft County near the unincorporated village of Gulliver. They include 247 common loons, 152 horned grebes, 98 red-necked grebes, 73 long-tailed ducks and 64 white-winged scoters.

Authorities say there also were smaller numbers of ring-billed gulls, double-crested cormorants, red-breasted mergansers and herring gulls.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says Type-E botulism bacteria cause a toxin that paralyses birds and fish. Similar die-offs happened in the UP in 2007 and near Sleeping Bear Dunes National lakeshore in northern Lower Peninsula in 2006.


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