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123 Birds Found Dead Near Fort Hills Tailings Area

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
123 Birds Found Dead Near Fort Hills Tailings Area

Alberta Energy Regulator is responding to the deaths of migratory birds at the Fort Hills Oilsands Mine north of Fort McMurray.

On Sunday, 123 birds were discovered deceased or were euthanized near one of the site’s tailings ponds. AER notes they are continuing to monitor and collect the injured and deceased birds.

Meanwhile, Suncor says they’re also launching their own investigation.

In a statement sent to Mix News, the Calgary-based company says their bird deterrent systems, including canons, radars, and effigies (scarecrows) were all in place and functioning properly.

“Given the unusual nature of this situation we’ve taken additional steps to prevent any further bird landings.”

Suncor adds the majority were Horned Larks, a migratory bird which aren’t native to the area. They are working directly with wildlife experts to determine if additional measures are needed to ensure the safety of all species.

Some of the other species include waterfowl and songbirds.

Regulatory authorities have also been notified of the situation.

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