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Dead crows in Downtown Portland parks, police seek the cause

By KATU.com Staff
KATU

PORTLAND, Ore. – About 30 crows were found dead in the waterfront park area Wednesday morning and the Audubon Society is helping police find out why the birds died.

Dead crows in Downtown Portland parks, police seek the cause

File photo of a northwestern crow

PORTLAND, Ore. – About 30 crows were found dead in the waterfront park area Wednesday morning and the Audubon Society is helping police find out why the birds died.

Officers followed up on a call at around 8:10 a.m. Wednesday reporting crows suffering seizures and flopping on the ground in Waterfront Park. Portland Parks & Recreation found more of the dead birds near Lovejoy Fountain and in the Chapman and Lownsdale Square parks.

They found a total of around 30 crows, Portland Police Bureau said.

Firefighters looked for any sign of hazardous materials in the air, but couldn’t identify any potential toxins.

Bob Sallinger with the Audubon Society fears this may not have been a freak accident.

"Whatever killed them killed them fast," Sallinger said.

It will take a day or two for lab results to come back, but Sallinger and his team are looking into the possibility the birds were poisoned.

"A lot of people really enjoy them, some are annoyed by them, so one thing we will be looking to see if these birds were poisoned," Sallinger said.

The Audubon Society helps police in these unusual avian incidents, and will conduct a follow-up to find answers in the crow deaths.

If you come across a dead crow in the Portland parks, do not move it. Instead, call the park ranger hotline at (503) 823-1637.

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