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Turkey Vultures Turning Up Comatose

Cara J

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Recent lab work has determined why turkey vultures (cathartes aura) have been turning up comatose in wildlife clinics in northern California since last year. Researchers with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife conducted lab work on six sick vultures’ stomach contents last month and found traces of pentobarbital —a drug used to euthanize animals. They concluded that turkey vultures had consumed carcasses of euthanized animals that were not disposed of properly. Read more about it at KCET Los Angeles.


Read more: http://wildlife.org/turkey-vultures-turning-up-comatose/

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