Dozens of sick and dead birds on US beaches have sparked safety concerns as beachgoers worry about the health of their pets.
Doheny State Beach near San Juan Creek has been littered with dead and sick seagulls and other birds for the past few days as experts try to figure out why.
“That number in one day, it seems a little bit higher over a 24-36 hour period,” said Jennifer Stinnett with Coastal Animal Services. KCAL News.
Stennett, along with other wildlife experts, is investigating what is causing the widespread disease.
Officers from the Dana Point-San Clemente Animal Shelter and the Orange County Animal Services Authority collected some of the birds from the river mouth.
Birds that were sick and sent to the Huntington Beach Wetlands and Wildlife Center for treatment did not survive.
Experts have suggested that an outbreak of avian flu in the north of the state could be responsible.
They are currently investigating whether this is related to the Dana Point deaths.
“It’s only when there are a lot of sick and dead birds in an area that something is going on,” Debbie McGuire, executive director of the Wetlands and Wildlife Center, told the news outlet.
“Did they get sick in that area? Probably not, birds fly.
“It could be that they get sick outside of that area and that’s where they go to settle and it kills them.”
Meanwhile, Dana Point beachgoers are concerned about their safety. Pets By walking them along the river.
“I think it’s a crazy idea if there’s something out there that’s killing birds and wildlife, it’s a bit scary if we bring it. dogs to the beach,” Julie Timmons told KCAL News.
“Will it affect our dogs?”
Meanwhile, on Facebook, user Barbara Schneider posted a condition About the problem
“Dead and Dying Birds on Beach – An unusual number of seagulls and other birds have been found dead or in distress at Doheny State Beach near San Juan Creek over the past few days,” he wrote.
Schneider cites Stinett regarding large numbers of dead or sick birds in a 24-36 hour period.
“Guess what? Thousands of dead fish are also washing up around the world,” he said.
“Connection or Coincidence?”
In the comments, he added: ‘Birds dying on the beach, thousands of dead fish washing up… maybe a dying ocean?’
Others asked if the testing was ongoing while one simply wrote: “The Bible.”
Some pathogens are circulating around the avian community, but experts need to determine if the problem is contaminated water, Stinnett explained.
“We definitely need to know that to protect the community and those who use the beaches,” he added.
The carcasses of several birds were taken to a laboratory for examination to determine the cause of death.