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Waterfowl Die Grotesque Deaths in NW Columbus Apt. Complex
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COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Residents of a Northwest Columbus apartment complex want to know why several ducks and geese are dying agonizing deaths in the area of the facility's pond.
An ABC 6/FOX 28 crew arrived at the Island Club apartment complex at approximately 11 a.m. to find more than a dozen dead ducks and geese in and around a small pond. Other birds were observed writhing in pain before eventually dying.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) workers are investigating the birds' deaths in order to identify a cause. Officials said that diseases can often spread quickly in the winter, as the animals are more likely to huddle together in cold weather.
ODNR's Matt Teders collected a sample of the grains found near the pond. Blue pellets appeared to be mixed in with the variety of bird feed.
Teders said some of the carcasses will also be tested for poison, illness or death by natural causes.
"I don't know if it was something [that] inadvertently hurt them, or if it is poison. I would hate to think that." Island Club resident Jennifer Ganoe said. "They are very noisy and messy. Not everyone is a fan, [but] they are lovely to watch."
If the birds were poisoned, the culprit could face jail time and fines.
Residents said they have been asked by Island Club officials to refrain from feeding ducks and geese on the grounds of the complex.