Officials Investigating Contamination Of Basin That Killed 22 Ducks

Feb 23, 2015

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New Hampshire wildlife officials say 22 wild ducks were 

found dead in oil-contaminated water in a storm runoff basin at a Concord housing development.

Officials say the dead birds were recovered Saturday by conservation officers using nets while contending with extreme cold temperatures, deep snow and thin ice. Another four ducks were captured and taken to a veterinarian for treatment.

Wildlife officials say the substance was similar to used motor oil. Samples were collected and a crew is cleaning up the site. The Department of Environmental Services is investigating.

Conservation Officer Lt. Jim Juneau says open water during the winter is limited for waterfowl and the birds are vulnerable. He did not know if the contamination was accidental or intentional.