ODNR says bird deaths on I-680 in Youngstown ‘unusual’

Testing reveals none of them suffered from influenza

Dead crows are covering Interstate 680 in Youngstown.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The mystery as to what a caused the deaths of about 25 crows on Interstate 680 in Youngstown has been solved, for the most part.

It looks as though the birds suffered trauma by being struck by vehicles, according to Ohio Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Technician Laurie Graber.

Graber said the carcasses were sent to a lab in Wisconsin where initial findings indicate the birds suffered trauma that killed them.

Drivers on Interstate 680 noticed the birds in February near the Midlothian Boulevard exit. Carcasses were lying on the shoulder of the road.

Other testing ruled out influenza, but Graber said she is still waiting on results to determine if the birds carried the reovirus, however she doesn’t expect that testing to come back positive.

Graber said there were high winds the day the birds were found and that could have made it hard for them to adjust. She also added that it is very unusual for crows to die this way because they are strong birds.

The crows are part of a large migration that have lived in that area for many years.

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