What’s Killing Off Ducks In Orange County?

LAKE FOREST (AP) — Ducks are dying from some type of toxin in an Orange County city’s lakes and watersheds.

In the past two weeks, residents of Lake Forest reported finding dead mallards in the lakes and on nearby grass.

The Orange County Register  reports Wednesday that more than 30 hens and drakes were reported as dying or dead a week ago. The number has doubled this week.

Ryan Drabek, director of OC Animal Care, says botulism is suspected in the deaths, but that has not been confirmed.

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