Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Toxicology results determine grackles were poisoned

  • Print
Toxicology results found evidence of the chemical anticholinesterase in the grackles, which is commonly used for controlling pests.

BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Enlarge Image

Toxicology results found evidence of the chemical anticholinesterase in the grackles, which is commonly used for controlling pests. Photo Store

Dozens of dead grackles found on King Street in August were poisoned.

A provincial spokeswoman said this afternoon that toxicology results found evidence of the chemical anticholinesterase, commonly used in materials for controlling pests by affecting the nervous system.

The birds were found in early August outside the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata community centre on King Street, while about 20 more were found on the roof of the buildings, some dead and others twitching.

The province said there have been no other reports of unusual bird deaths.

While there are laws prohibiting the poisoning of domestic birds and some wild species, there is no legal protection for grackles.

The provincial spokewoman said grackles are not considered migratory birds and, as a result, are not protected under Manitoba’s Wildlife Act.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Chief justices breakdown cameras in courtroom project

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • PHIL.HOSSACK@FREEPRESS.MB.CA Winnipeg Free Press 090528 STAND UP...(Weather) One to oversee the pecking order, a pack of pelican's fishes the eddies under the Red River control structure at Lockport Thursday morning......
  • Geese fly in the morning light over Selkirk Ave Wednesday morning- Day 22– June 13, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Do you agree with the province’s crackdown on flavoured tobacco products?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google