500 More Dead Birds Discovered in Louisiana, Dozens In Kentucky

January 4, 2011 8:37 am

Dead birds scatter the road in Arkansas.

In a story that’s befuddled Arkansas citizens and ornithologists alike, the recent deaths of 5,000 blackbirds has captured the attention of a nation and has conspiracy theorists working overtime. Now the bizarre event is expanding as 500 more dead birds have been discovered in neighboring state Louisiana and dozens more in nearby Kentucky.

Monday, a news report from Labarre, Louisiana says the 500 birds were found near an elementary school lying in roads and ditches. Scientists from the Louisiana of Wildlife and Fisheries have been dispatched to collect samples to test at the University of Georgia and National Wildlife Center in Wisconsin.

Also on Monday, a Gilbertsville, Kentucky news report described one woman’s discovery of “dozens” of dead birds in her yard.

“I’ve never seen anything like it. Never,” said the woman who actually first noticed the birds several days ago and cleaned them up not thinking much of it. But when she noticed more birds Monday morning, she panicked, “I had just seen the story on the news about the birds in Arkansas and I was scared.”