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100,000 Fish Die in Arkansas River, More Than 100 Miles From 5000 Bird Deaths


An estimated 100,000 fish have died in the northwest of Arkansas, the same state where up to 5000 dead birds recently fell from the sky.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said it suspected disease was to blame for the death of the drum fish, which floated in the water and lined the banks of a 30-kilometre stretch of the Arkansas River near Ozark, about 200km northwest of Little Rock, CNN reported on Sunday.

Ozark is about 200km west of the town of Beebe, where game wardens were trying to find out why up to 5000 blackbirds fell from the sky just before midnight on New Year’s Eve, CNN said.

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Keith Stephens from the game and fish commission said fish kills occurred every year but the size of the latest one was unusual, and suggested some sort of disease was to blame.

“The fish kill only affected one species of fish,” he told CNN.

“If it was from a pollutant, it would have affected all of the fish, not just drum fish.”

A tugboat operator discovered the dead fish on Friday night, and fisheries officials collected some of the dying animals to conduct tests.

Meanwhile, game and fish commission ornithologist Karen Rowe said the blackbirds found in Beebe showed physical trauma, and she speculated that “the flock could have been hit by lightning or high-altitude hail”, the Associated Press reported.

The AP said more than 1000 birds fell from the sky but CNN put the number at up to 5000.

The commission said that New Year’s Eve revellers shooting off fireworks in the area could have startled the birds from their roost and caused them to die from stress.

The commission said on Saturday that it began receiving reports about the dead birds about 11.30pm local time the previous night.

The birds fell over a two-kilometre area, and an aerial survey indicated that no other dead birds were found outside of that area.

4 Responses to “100,000 Fish Die in Arkansas River, More Than 100 Miles From 5000 Bird Deaths”

  1. Tiki Says:

    Wow that is a tripped out event! I wonder what really happened? It’s so crazy how that happened to those birds and fish only in Arkansas! That’s kinda creepy. I’m happy that happened only there. I hate to say that but my mind would be thinking a million things and put me on edge if it happened where I live. Lord knows I don’t need that stress. My life would flash before my eyes and I’d be thinking about all the things I didn’t do yet, etc. I hope that doesn’t happen anywhere else.

  2. Okie Says:

    Weird that Labarre, LA is due south 360 miles of BeeBe, AR and they are reported to have a flock down too. Also, note that Rolle, MO and Ft Leonardwood, MO are due north 250 miles. They were both hit for tornados and suffered damage just hours before this all happened. Not a conspiracy person, but that is all too coincidental when you map it out.

  3. laura Says:

    Don’t you see what’s going on? That is a straight up sign, an omen! For something like THAT to happen on new years day, the “new year”, the year before the world is supposed to end! 2012, whoa………See, it’s not that bazaar, or odd, or what ever everyone is saying, it makes perfect sense to me. I’m really scared………..

  4. Snoopy Says:

    I think they are contaminating the water with fracking from the oil rigs. Folks we can’t live with out water !!!!

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