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90 crows found dead in Saitama parks

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Ninety crows have been found dead on Thursday and Friday in two parks in Saitama Prefecture, health authorities said Saturday.

Authorities said 35 crows were found dead in Tokorozawa and another 55 were found in Iruma, Fuji TV reported.

At first, health officials suspected bird flu but tests proved negative. Also, there were no traces of poison or agrichemicals in the crows that were tested.

Prefectural health officials said there was very little food in any of the crows, indicating that they may have starved to death.

However, as a precaution, police and health authorities have urged people not to touch any dead birds.

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Can you please do a follow-up on this. Did the find out how the crows died ?Thank you. Is this an email you have of who is investigating this. Again thank you.

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Me specifically, nobody else

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Crows can be vicious and vindictive when protecting their young. 3 years ago, at one of my schools, the students and teachers were being repeatedly attacked by a nesting pair. I opened my umbrella as a shield, went out, and found the nearly grown baby. The school called some animal control place to come get him, to be released elsewhere (I hope). I kid you not, every day for two weeks after that, the parents would harass me whenever I was outside the school.

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They both attacked me every time I left and returned home.

A squash racket does the trick. Bam!

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As much as I love crows, they wait to steal my pets food every morning. But my house has Mamushi poisonous snakes. They eat snakes.

I watched a couple of crows last year, one lifted up the rubbish net, the other grabbed some food. Then the one with the food divided it exactly in half and gave it to the other one. Wish my boss gave me half.

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As I've had to deal with a growing number of pesky crows in my park for the past several years, I must admit I wish we had this same 'problem.' Amazing, intelligent creatures, yes, but a real nuisance ever since they moved into our part of the park after major construction pushed them out of their old stomping grounds. Hatching season seems to be in the spring which becomes a nightmare trying to walk the dog while also keeping an eye out for attackers. I manage but I feel bad for people, especially kids and older folk, just trying to enjoy the park.

Finally, no way these starved to death. These things are way too smart for that. We discovered crows burying food (Mochi and a chunk of meat, in fact) in our outdoor potted plants to retrieve later. We only discovered the scheme because our dog found the stash sniffing around one morning. (It also solved a mystery of why there was so much dirt around our pots.) My dog is pretty smart too. She goes to check the same pots, first thing, every day, when we let her out. Unfortunately for her, the crows must have found a new spot. (I guess that makes her kind of dumb now...) I'll be very interested to see what the cause is.

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90 crows found dead in Saitama parks

GOOD!

"few years back there was a nesting pair outside my house."

or else you just happened to be close to a nest by chance

You get the Sherlock Holmes award for the day.

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Its hard to believe that starvation was the cause... I travel through various parks here and there and very rarely will ever see even one dead crow.

Honestly, I have never seen a baby crow, too. I thought they were magic for long time. I agree that this suspicious. They are some of the smartest birds in the world living in an urban area. Mass scale starvation is highly unlikely.

I once saw a hunting video by an expert crow hunter (really!). He simply waited to a large number gather and sprayed the area with buckshot from a shot gun at a far distance. It maximized the spray. He said that you have to pick up the birds quickly because crows will stay away if they smell dead crows.

It is probably somebody taking out their frustrations on these animals. My guess is poison.

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Officials mistakenly concluded the birds were ravenous before they died?

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Fowl play?

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maybeperhapsyes: "They both attacked me every time I left and returned home. Vicious attacks too."

Maybe they sensed evil. Haha. Seriously, crows attack for a reason, and if you weren't carrying food on you while walking, either you did something or else you just happened to be close to a nest by chance. They are highly intelligent, beautiful creatures, and actually quite friendly if you give them a chance. I used to sit and read in a park near my old apartment and a crow flew down and starting hopping around nearby. Seemed he/she was looking for food, but I didn't have any, so I just said, "Hi!" and pretended to show it my book slowly. It hopped a little closer as I went back my book, careful to make no big gestures, and starting eyeing me sideways, then started making weird gurgling and half caw noises that I assumed were crow talk. After about five minutes of this it flew away. Next time I went to the park to read, the same crow flew down almost immediately and stood there beside me again for a few minutes, doing the same, and so on. Pretty massive birds up close.

In any case, something definitely suspicious about this. I would have assumed poison -- no way a large mass like that dies of starvation so long as other things live in the area -- but they ruled that out. Maybe some weird electrical surge or something.

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The number of crows left in that park reminds me of the title of that Japanese movie- Crows Zero.

RIP

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Curious. Please keep us updated on this news.

We had an avian flu outbreak over here some years ago. Found a few dead crows in the neighborhood. It seemed to end by itself. However, 90 at once is a lot.

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However, as a precaution, police and health authorities have urged people not to touch any dead birds.

Always good advice, regardless of the cause of death.

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Highly unlikely. Crows don't die off in large groups from starvation. As soon as a single crow succumbs, the rest have something to eat. Not pretty, but true. Crows will eat almost anything to stay alive, including birds. Definitely foul play.

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Murder.

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A few years back there was a nesting pair outside my house.

They both attacked me every time I left and returned home.

Vicious attacks too.

Not a fan and some places definitely need to check numbers.

I’m guessing not here now.

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Its hard to believe that starvation was the cause... I travel through various parks here and there and very rarely will ever see even one dead crow.

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