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MILLVILLE, N.J. - August 14, 2012 (WPVI) --

Pesticide spread on a farm is being eyed as the cause for the deaths of dozens of birds in Millville, New Jersey.


Concerned residents contacted authorities on Tuesday after the birds started dropping from the sky in the area of Peach Drive. "First we saw one bird, it looked just hurt, and then we saw another
one run into a house, then we get back on the street and they were just falling from the sky. Anywhere you walk, there's a dead bird," Millville resident Michelle Cavalier said.

The birds included red-winged blackbirds and a few a sparrows.

"They were flying like erratic, they crash into stuff, fall in the ground, they were screaming. They'd get up, try to fly, and every now and then you'd see them just quiver," resident Jim Sinclair said.
At first, not sure what was occurring, authorities issued a precautionary reverse 911 call to Peach Drive and nearby streets.

The message stated, "Please stay indoors during an investigation into an odor and the death of several birds."

It is estimated dozens of red-winged blackbirds died. But some including one young bird survived and small songbirds showed no ill effects. At first, investigators looked into the possibility that a gas leak may have caused the birds to die.

However, authorities soon focused on a neighboring farm. The belief is that a farmer had recently used a pest control product to kill birds that were feeding on his crops. "Some kind of pesticide they
use that the birds ingest and, of course, it's effective in killing them, obviously, because we have a lot of dead birds," Cumberland County spokesman Troy Ferus said.

The county identified the pesticide as Avitrol, an acute oral toxicant which is sold as a chemical
frightening agent that suppresses a bird's nervous system. Some birds that feed on it and flail in such a way that, its maker claims, they will frighten the rest of the flock away from the crops.

Workers at the field had no comment referring Action News to a nearby retail stand, Ingraldi Farms, where workers said the owner had no comment. One Peach Drive resident, irate over the bird kill, was wondering about the residual effect of toxics used in the field.

"What's the cost of having for three years of dumping these pesticides on the piles of corn, having it run into the groundwater, what's the effect of that going to be on the long term," resident Gregg Kears said.

Action News is told the farm stand owner, who is the farmer, did respond to county agents when they contacted him.

He did confirm to using Avitrol last night. He is licensed to use it. The farmer said he put it down because so far this year he has had $15,000 in crop losses due to birds.

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  • Haha a story about a stupid American

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  • I know that area. They just got over the pesticide that killed off all the frogs etc from when they sprayed the pesticide to kill the mosquitoes over the West Nile Virus. Now this ass hat is putting more pesticide down. Their Reserve land there is practically a dead forest now. They keep this stupid mess up there isn't going to be a creature left alive in that area at all.

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    • @Anonyville The dead forest you are referring to,is due to the infestation of the Pine Beetle and has nothing to do with the above story.

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    • @echo4250 Really, well how do you think those beetles got so bad? Could it be the fact that they killed off all the woodpeckers in the area that used to kill the beetles. Maybe with Avitrol?

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  • Stay out of the farmer's business!!!!

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    • @Gusr Maybe the farmer should use some common sense instead of killing everything alive.

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    • @Anonyville the farmer got a permit to use the poison so he didn't break any laws

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    • @Anonyville - yeah - like a scarecrow? or a dog?

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    • @stirgy Bird dogs are easily trained to take out birds but I was thinking more of buying some Falcons and setting up a Peregrine Falcon Sanctuary zone on his farm. Then he would not have to worry about the birds. Fact is Peregrine falcon sanctuaries are common in Southern New Jersey. Probably would have been a great deal cheaper than the pesticide too. The state would have even paid him to setup the sanctuary. I have seen a lot of farmers do it to save money on pesticides and to earn some extra More..

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    • @nzkiwi Yes he did have the license to use it but he used this stuff in an Area that has the worst wood eating beetle infestation around. So his answer is to kill the only creatures that can kill those beetles. Absolutely brilliant, maybe next time he can just burn the forest instead.

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  • What happens when the pesticide leaches into the food?

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  • Didn't he ever hear of crop insurance?

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  • the problem with Avicides like AVITROL is they can be used by residential pest control companies in urban settings without a permit being pulled or prior notice. In Nevada we want a regulation stating pest control companies provide prior notice and pull a permit with the city stating the location, date and time of the use so there is recourse for action.

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  • Avitrol has been banned/regulated so far in NY,CO,CA and the UK for obvious reasons. NY stated "Avitrol is too deadly and too blunt an instrument to be used in an urban setting."

    When the birds are poisoned with avicides/avitrol, it can take up to 60 hours for the birds to die. During the 60hrs the birds can fly for miles before plummeting to the ground and dying. If the poisoned birds fall into your yard where your cats or dogs can eat them,, they can get very sick and/or die also More..

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