ODNR investigating dead birds along I-680 in Youngstown

The Ohio Department of Transportation does not know where they came from or why.

Dead crows are covering Interstate 680 in Youngstown.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Drivers on Interstate 680 may have noticed a strange sight near the Midlothian Boulevard exit.Dead crows are covering I-680 in Youngstown.

Over the past couple of days, about 25 dead crows have appeared on the road’s shoulder.

The Ohio Department of Transportation says they do not know where they came from. Crews will be removing them on Monday.

An Ohio Department of Natural Resources wildlife officer said that the ODNR has collected samples from the dead crows to try to find out what killed them.

ODNR Wildlife Communication Specialist Jamey Emmert said it appears as if the birds have been struck by cars, but they were sent to an out-of-state lab to confirm.

Emmert did not want to jump to conclusions as to what it could be that killed the crows, saying there have not been any other reports of unusual or questionable bird deaths outside the vicinity, so it appears to be localized.

The crows are part of a large migration that have lived in that area for many years, and this is the first time ODNR has investigated a mysterious death involving the birds.

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