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Crows mysteriously dying in downtown Portland

By Jim Redden
Portland Tribune

Crows are suddenly dying in Portland and nobody knows why.

Crows are suddenly dying in Portland and nobody knows why.

The deaths, which were first discovered in several downtown parks on Wednesday morning, are being investigated by the Portland Police Bureau, Portland Fire & Rescue, Portland Parks & Recreation Park Rangers, and the Audubon Society.

Although the cause has yet been determined, police say there is no apparent risk to the public.

According to police, at 8:12 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26, Central Precinct officers responded to Tom McCall Waterfront Park on the report of several crows suffering seizures and flopping on the ground.

Officers arrived and located several dead crows in the area. Park Rangers found additional dead crows in the area of Chapman and Lownsdale Square parks and the Lovejoy Fountain.

In all, approximately 30 dead crows were found dead from unknown causes.

Portland firefighters responded to assist and did not find any indication of hazardous materials in the air. Officers and firefighters checked the area and did not find anything apparent that would have caused the birds to suddenly die.

The Audubon Society is responding to assist officers with these unusual incidents and will be conducting follow-up to try and answer what happened to these birds, police say.

Anyone coming across dead crows in Portland parks should not move them and should call the Park Ranger Hotline at (503) 823-1637.

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