Police in Kitamoto, Saitama Prefecture, said Wednesday that 20 crows had been found poisoned among trees near a housing compound.
According to police, the crows' bodies were found on Monday morning. Fuji TV reported that an analysis of the contents of the birds' stomachs showed they had eaten bread laced with pesticide and an avicide called cyanophos.
Police are examining street surveillance camera footage to try and identify who might have left the bread for the crows to eat.
Recently, there has been a spate of crow poisonings in the Kanto region. In late March, about 50 crows were found dead in Johoku Chuo Park, which is located in both Nerima and Itabashi wards in Tokyo.© Japan Today