Aflockalypse continues. But this time, there's a quick explanation: the government did it.
About 200 birds plummeted from the sky in Yankton, South Dakota this week. Initially, officials thought the birds just froze to death mid-flight, but the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has come forward and admits it poisoned the birds due to agricultural concerns:
They say that they had poisoned the birds about ten miles south of Yankton and they were surprised they came to Yankton like they did and died in our park," says Yankton Animal Control Officer Lisa Brasel.
The USDA confirms the story, saying the deaths were part of a large killing at a private feed lot in Nebraska.
They say a local farmer had been having troubles with about 5,000 starlings defecating in his feed meal. Department of Ag officials say because of health concerns for the farmer's animals and staff they decided to kill the birds.
They used a bait laced with the poison DRC-1339. The USDA says the birds ate the bait then flew back to Yankton and died.
The USDA says the poison poses no danger to humans.