Luke Huddleston duck hunts along the
“There are thousands of birds lined up and down the shore, probably every two or three feet. And all the seagulls and hawks and every other kind of bird is feeding on them,” said Huddleston.
DWR says these birds are called eared grebes, a water bird that picks up a bacterial disease from the environment. Since November DWR has experienced a larger than normal die off of eared grebes at the Great Salt Lake where they congregate and pick up a bacteria that grows in the water called pasteurella multocida. “We've collected these carcasses and were analyzing those as well,” said Leslie McFarlane, with DWR.
McFarlane tells ABC 4 Utah right now they have ruled out lead poisoning as a cause of death for the eagles, but another possibility high on their list is
DWR says they hope to release some of their lab results next week on what could be killing the bald eagles. However, in the meantime they are advising that if anyone comes across an ill or dead bald eagle to leave it alone and contact DWR directly because it is possible for humans to be infected with an illness as well.