LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Several birds found dead in the lake area have been sent off for testing. This comes just a few days after thousands of Red-winged Blackbirds fell from the sky in Beebe, Arkansas. State officials there believe the birds died after being spooked by fireworks, causing them to fly into the sides of buildings. Locally, the cause of death for the Blackbirds, found near the Lacassine exit along I-10, is till unknown.
"Some of the birds have been sent off to the Center for Disease Control in Georgia. They'll do blood tests, test for different kinds of toxins. They'll test for certain types of diseases," said Kori DeGleu with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Other possibilities could be the birds came into contact with Alfatoxin, a fungus capable of killing birds. Also, they might have been feeding in a field that was heavily dove hunted. In this case the birds could have been poisoned by lead shot.
A final conclusion and determination of human threat will made after the test results come back for the Georgia Centers for Disease Control. Be sure to check kplctv.com for the latest updates.