BREAKING: SPI probes waterfowl deaths

Editor’s Note: The following are statements provided by the City of South Padre Island via a news release emailed to the Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS this morning. For the full story, pick up a copy of Thursday’s paper or subscribe to our e-paper.

Special to the PRESS

waterfowlSince the end of January, the City of South Padre Island has been looking into multiple reports of waterfowl deaths at the pond located in front of the Pearl South Padre Hotel.

The City has contacted both American Electrical Power (AEP) and Time Warner Cable Company to install safety markers on the existing overhead lines that may be associated with the bird’s deaths.

Additionally, the city has submitted deceased duck carcasses to the same lab in Corpus Christi that is assisting the upper coast with their recent water fowl deaths. The water from the pond where the dead waterfowl were found has been tested and there is no evidence of red tide algae, which is known to disorient animals. All samples sent to the lab have thus far tested positive for the presence of red tide in the animal tissue.

The city will continue to closely monitor the area and work with AEP and Time Warner to make sure the overhead utility lines are marked for the already impaired water fowl.

The high levels of red tide algae impairs the ducks’ flight and authorities do ask that if ducks are seen acting out of the ordinary to please contact the City of South Padre Island at (956) 761-3226.

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