Fish & Wildlife

Poison Suspected In Bend Pigeon Seizures

AP | Jan. 31, 2014 9:58 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

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An animal rehabilitator says two pigeons suffering from tremors in Bend this week were likely poisoned.

Jeannette Bonomo from High Desert Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation says the first bird was found having seizures near Strictly Organic Coffee.

The second bird was near Amity Creek Magnet School.

Bonomo told The Bulletin newspaper that the second bird wasn’t spooked when people approached and was suffering tremors by the time it reached the rehabilitation center.

She said the birds were likely poisoned with a pesticide designed to cause epileptic-like twitching in pest birds.

It’s legal to use pesticides on pigeons, but Bonomo says there are more humane options for dealing with the birds.

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