City probing duck deaths at Jarry Park
The city of Montreal is investigating after at least 15 ducks were found dead over the weekend at Jarry Park.
The birds were found dead in the park's pond during the day on Saturday.
Veterinarians are busy performing autopsies to figure out how and why they died, but Susan Wylie, the director of the Le Nichoir wild bird rehabilitation centre in Hudson, suggests they could have died form botulism, a relatively common condition in birds and waterfowl.
"Botulism cases are mostly found toward the end of the summer and into the fall," Wylie says. "What happens is the animals ingest infested insects or maggots, any type of small invertebrates that are infected by the bacteria, and the animals consume it, and then they could die from it."
There don't appear to have been any duck deaths at the park since the weekend.
Photo: Andrew Warran (Flickr)