Hundreds of dead birds found in Somerset Co.

January 25, 2009 11:09:18 AM PST
Residents in Somerset County's Franklin Township have a mystery on their hands. Hundreds of dead birds have been falling onto people's homes and cars across the southern part of the township.

Homeowner Andrea Kipec tells the Courier News of Bridgewater that she's counted more than 150 dead birds on her property. She's been told by local officials it's her responsibility to clean them up.

Kipec tells the newspaper that local police informed her they had received an e-mail from the U.S. Department of Agriculture about a program to poison blackbirds and starlings, a fact that could not be immediately confirmed.

Messages left by both the Courier News and the Associated Press for state and federal wildlife officials were not immediately returned.

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Information from: Courier News, http://www.mycentraljersey.com

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