Chamisa Hills Golf Course Finds Botulism Killing Ducks

Botulism is being blamed for the death of birds and other wildlife at the Chamisa Hills Golf Course in Rio Rancho.Rio Rancho spokesman Peter Wells says dead birds submitted for testing showed botulism as the cause of death. The birds lived near a pond on the course. Residents are urged not to touch or move any hurt or dead birds from the area to prevent the disease from spreading. Factors that can cause botulism are warm water temperatures, high nutrient content in the pond, anaerobic conditions and rain fall that stirs up the bottom of the pond.

This is suspicious because the same golf course was found to be killing ducks using a poison earlier this year.

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