LA Times: Experts suggest bald eagle deaths are related to Fukushima radiation — Idaho officials reporting similar sickness — “It’s hard to have your national bird in your arms, going through seizures” (AUDIO)

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Los Angeles Times, Dec. 29, 2013: Bald eagles are dying in Utah — 20 in the past few weeks alone — and nobody can figure out why. [...] Many suffered from seizures, head tremors and paralysis [...] Many of the eagles were brought to the mammoth Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah [...] Within 48 hours, most were dead. [...] State wildlife specialists are baffled. [...] At first, the agency’s disease scientists guessed the illness could be encephalitis, which is caused by the West Nile virus, but later ruled out that possibility. [...] Officials at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center have their own theories. Some point to radiation from Japan after the 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. [...] A call from Idaho shed new light: A wildlife official said bald eagles there were also getting sick, suggesting the birds were arriving in Utah already in bad health.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah’s Facebook page:

Buz Marthaler, Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah co-founder: “It’s just hard to have your national bird in your arms, going through seizures in a way it can’t control — when you can see it’s pain but don’t know what’s happening to it. As a human being, you just have problems with that. [...] In an average year, we might get one or two, but we’ve received nine so far, and five of those have died. The other four are still in our care. [...] We aren’t ruling out anything.”

Listen to the public news service report here

See also: 'High Alert': Mystery illness killing bald eagles in Western U.S. -- Wings paralyzed, full blown seizures -- Experts: "Very big concern"... "Never seen anything like this"... "We just don't know what's going on" (VIDEOS)

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66 comments to LA Times: Experts suggest bald eagle deaths are related to Fukushima radiation — Idaho officials reporting similar sickness — “It’s hard to have your national bird in your arms, going through seizures” (AUDIO)

  • bo bo

    It must be really serious if a pro nuclear newspaper admits it might be Fukushima.


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  • Styxhexenhammer666 Styxhexenhammer666

    I am sure most of the media will not cover the story.

    They want to protect the value of west coast agribusiness.


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  • Zatrsatr Zatrsatr

    It is not only agriculture, what would lose value, if they admit publicly how bad the situation really is. Imagine all the properties, morgages, land – it would be a disaster! But this is what is actually happening. It started already – rich people are selling their properties right now – they are moving out. Guess why…


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  • Songie Songie

    admin, a small correction needed I believe….it is the seattle times…not LA Times….


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  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    It is when peoples pet start dying that they will get riled up.


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  • Zatrsatr Zatrsatr

    Atmospheric nuclear testing, nuclear accidents, Polio, HAARP, chemtrails, microwave radiation, agent orange, DDT, syntetic chemicals in our foods and drinks, drugs, nanobiotech, no excercise, stressfull jobs – a mean, where are we going? What is wrong with us?


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  • weeman

    These eagles migrated from east of the Rockies and should have been partially protected by the Rockies from a good portion of the plumbs, so what is the status of the eagles in Alaska and British Columbia?
    What was the mortality rate of the eaglets this year, that would be important and are the eagles that are effected young or old or both?.


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    • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

      Angie McDougall When we were at the Great Salt Lake in September, the beaches were literally covered with dead birds. It was disgusting! I called several agencies but no one cared. They're all over Decker Lake, too. Why aren't they being cleaned up?
      January 18

      Joe Krathwohl So all these dead WNV grebes, but only Bald Eagles were affected? Anyone who spends time in that area knows the ravens are there first, and corvids are more susceptible to WNV. Not to mention someone has to show how WNV which thrives inside 105 degree bird body temperatures was able to stay alive in cold dead grebes.
      January 18

      “Sick Grebes Confirmed as Culprit in Utah Eagle Deaths”

      So, this appears to be the “official story”, but still lots of unanswered questions. We do believe (hope) the National Wildlife Health Center (U.S. Geological Survey, National Wildlife Health Center) is performing tests to determine whether the WNV has mutated, which seems to be the only real answer to this (until now) never before seen event. The answer won’t change much, but an answer would still be nice.

      https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=501280396658093&id=163724043673090


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  • Zatrsatr Zatrsatr

    Is it our nature to destroy ourselves? Probably yes it is…If there are any alien species around, they have to think wtf are those humans doing down there? We will became an example for the whole universe!


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  • Socrates

    It is a medical FACT that ionizing radiation disrupts the immune system. Low but continuous exposures are different than high dose. Low but continuous dose radiation has caused starfish and sea urchin. (Echinodermata Autoimmune Syndrome).

    The exposures set off a cascade of immune reactions. This is published government literature. In 2010 the National Cancer Databank published the immune responses to ionizing radiation, IR and UV.

    This is an international emergency in my opinion. I do medical research on computers – for the past 30 years. It took me five minutes! Arsenic makes it worse.

    The birds and land and sea animals are exhibiting abnormal immunity.

    I am not a physician but am reasonably certain. I hope the scientists can determine the exact pathways. I suspect ROS, ATP, and the P-53 gene, amongst other well – known pathways with opportunistic pathogens.


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  • Lady M

    Yes, yes, Socrates! Opportunistic pathogens — species-specific ones — so it looks at first glance as though there are a whole bunch of different things responsible for the various animal deaths, rather than one.


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  • Lady M

    Uh-ohhhhh, just realized what the next phase is — What are the most common opportunistic infections in humans — pneumonia,some kinds of cancers, other?


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  • nuknomore nuknomore

    I think it is possible they ate fish which came up the rivers to spawn.. LIke Salmon.
    Flying in the air catching the poison in the jet stream.. Drinking rain water.etc.

    I live on the west coast. .I fear taking my dog out, Afraid she will drink the water.. Eat the snow, the grass..
    I took her to the ocean and was afraid to let her get wet.

    If this is how it is for us now.. What will it be like in a few years? How will our kids and grandkids every get to enjoy those wonderful things we took for granted?
    Can't even walk with their feet in the ocean~!
    This is beyond horrendous..


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  • elenews

    Someone earlier pointed out that there were Big Oil installations/tar sands along the eagles' migration route.

    Now a major US paper says eagles are dying because of pollution from the nukes huh.

    Prepare for the epic battle of blame between Big Oil and Big Nukes.


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  • Lady M

    Ha, good point, elenews. On the bright side, Big Oil has lots of money and should be able to get some traction against Big Nukes.


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  • Lady M

    Whoa, did anyone see the movie "Pacific Rim" earlier this year? Sounds like that kind of a battle.


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  • name999 name999

    It is good to see this information finally percolating up into more national media…and surely the toxic titans of our time will be battling it out to blame each other if cornered, with no apparent
    cognizance of what they have done…the jig is up…


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  • Ontological Ontological

    Sad because these birds are majestic indeed. They soar over the tall mountains here with such ease. The eagles have been effected for a few years I have observed stress in their behave here in the Spring range of S Nv. An example of eagle stress since Fuku can be exampled in the widely publicized, Decorah eagles, as they have looked a bit worse for the wear as of late. Two years ago there was 2 same brood fledglings killed by power lines. After years of no issues from the lines that have been there all along. What happened to 2 different young eagles to get electrocuted? I would reason that stress from environmental toxins, etc. weakened the fledglings to the point where they needed rest more often, fatigued their senses (hearing) dulled, they looked for a perch to eat their freshly caught trout, (both had fish in one talon when killed) unfortunately choosing to perch on the lines.
    The power company complied with Raptor Research's request to finally put up the locally required bird guards on the lines there. Never before was there an issue over eagles involved with the power lines is my point. Normally any wary healthy bird would not get near the electric lines. The birds would have been spooked by their own keen intuition, and heard the humming of the lines. My wife & I are looking forward to monitoring/documenting this years brood.
    ~> http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles


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  • Note to LA Times correction department.

    'Meltdown' should be stated as meltdown(s).

    "Officials at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center have their own theories. Some point to radiation from Japan after the 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant."

    More specifically…

    TRIPLE MELTDOWNS now coming up on THREE YEARS.
    3 out of control cores.

    Radiation levels so high humans (or robots) cannot enter areas in order to accurately assess the damage.
    ______

    I have an idea.

    Why not TEST the birds for radioactive contamination and quickly make the reports viewable to the public?

    That NEVER seems to happen.
    Hmm…? ;)


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    • I've seen at least several repeatedly repeated strategies lately.

      1. We are baffled (nobody can figure out)
      2. No Comment
      3. Refer to the EPA
      4. This data is so outdated, it probably doesn't matter by now


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      • We will test for radiation

        But then nothing after that..


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        • Nothing… ever!

          Basic common sense would suggest that every agency, and then some, should be testing and posting results on a regularly scheduled basis.

          After almost 3 YEARS it's beyond OBVIOUS that this is never going to happen reliably.

          IMO – There are several reasons why.

          1. The results will make clear the potential for suffering that is yet to come.

          2. These agencies would be guilty of moral and criminal negligence in the name of preventing panic.
          (They will claim later they were TOLD/ordered what to say and do. We've heard that line before.)

          3. Knowing the reality would kill the Nuclear Industry and it's proponents/puppets would never get re-elected.
          (I hope that happens someday soon.) :)


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  • It's no real surprise that the eagles are suffering, witnessing the crazy levels I regularly see on Netc.com for that whole region!
    Reminds me of the coal miners 'Canary' early warnings for gas.

    The more people who buy and hook up a geiger counter into http://netc.com/ the better we can see what is really happening in the environment, instead of the lack of info in the mainstream news.

    I noticed today new stations appeared in Canada (Station ID 1:EB01FCBA Sherwood Park, CA) and even over in Europe now (Station ID 1:EBED80FA Monfalcone, IT)

    It would be great to see a lot of readings from across Europe too.
    There seems to be a two day delay before spikes in Japan correlate to spikes along the West Coast of USA. Does anybody know the time it takes for the same plumes to pass over the Atlantic into Europe and Russia ?


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  • name999 name999

    you make a good argument for using geiger counters. I am not very facile with such things and
    figure I would not take good readings. Kind of like using a telescope to see the stars and realizing
    I don't know how to use the telescope (this has happened to me;-]

    Plus, a few hundred dollars to buy them…that is not cheap…but your point to get communities into
    recording this stuff…that makes sense to me.


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  • American Phoenix57

    Now they want to stuff the radioactive waste into everyone's backyard.

    http://dailycaller.com/2013/12/12/scientists-suggest-stuffing-nuclear-waste-into-the-hole-fracking-leaves-behind/#ixzz2nJo2z6mN

    The pale blue dot is in big trouble.


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  • American Phoenix57

    Remember this. . .

    “Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.


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    • American Phoenix57

      cont'd

      The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.


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    • American Phoenix57

      cont'd

      Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

      The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.


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    • American Phoenix57

      It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.”
      ― Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space


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      • Homo Insapiens Homo Insapiens

        American Phoenix57,

        I borrowed that phrase from Carl Sagan for the start of a little poem. Permit me to share.


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        • Homo Insapiens Homo Insapiens

          A pale blue dot
          drifts about an average star
          in one unremarkable galaxy
          amongst uncountable many.

          From the abundant savanna
          apes emerge
          and name themselves
          Sapiens.

          Apes freely choose a new kind of fire
          to boil water most unwisely,
          naturally selecting themselves
          into silence.

          The cosmos so vast
          and without obligation,
          swirls in slow motion
          and frigid indifference.


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  • High Alert’: Mystery illness killing bald eagles in Western U.S. — Wings paralyzed, full blown seizures — Experts: “Very big concern”… “Never seen anything like this”… “We just don’t know what’s going on” (VIDEOS) December 29, 2013
    TV: Crisis of epic proportions for California sea lions — Suffering abscesses, seizures — Exponentially higher numbers washing up (VIDEO) April 2, 2013

    Then the Alaska bird story; again seizures before they died.

    Starfish; they stopped moving before they died; seizures?

    Common denominator; SEIZURES!

    What can cause that across many animal species, all in the space of a ONE YEAR?


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  • Sickputer

    Just now on the evening CBS Big Brother news…the eagles all died from West Nile virus:

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/31/22125743-soaring-deaths-of-bald-eagles-in-utah-attributed-to-west-nile-virus

    SP: It was an immaculate conception infection. :-)

    Apparently all 27 victim eagles flew to ONE lake, ate the same infected dead prey birds. They can't explain how mosquitos carried the virus in wintertime. Because they can't!

    Bullshit coverup. Just like the dead and deformed lambs in Britain bitten by African midges.

    When all the eagles die…what will Big Brother's next fake explanation be?


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    • Jebus Jebus

      Ya, every single Eagle died from The Great West Denial Virus.

      The Fukushima Strain of The Great West Denial Virus…

      Here lies Mother Nature, she died at the mouth of denial…


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      • Sickputer

        Jebus…+311 :-)

        Loved the wordplay!

        BTW…bald eagles are the top of the food chain and 70 to 90% of their diet is fish. The grebes are diving birds that eat small fishes and invertebrates like crawfish. So if the eagles eat a grebe…they ingest any toxicity the grebe accumulated.

        I doubt there were mosquitos in Utah in December which probably averages 10 degrees for the temperature.

        Here is an eagle catching a salmon…pre-Fukushima. Magnificent birds! But they have small brain power to avoid eating radioactive food or relocate. If they were smarter…they would all fly south to Chile.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hecXupPpE9o


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    • DisasterInterpretationDissorder DisasterInterpretationDissorder

      "When all the eagles die…what will Big Brother's next fake explanation be?"

      The difficulty's for NSA to plant a monitoring device un-noticed in someone's butt the first time ever they visit a dentist ..?


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  • elanvital

    MSM is saying West Nile Virus….your thoughts?
    .. http://tinyurl.com/pdl5zke


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    • Ontological Ontological

      The fast incubating Nile virus is an cleaver cover, but 2 to 6 days (incubation period) ago it was pretty cold in this region. Only one issue with that MSM statement, mosquitoes don't winter well in the Western USA.
      Seizures are one of the symptoms of radiation exposure, hearing, loss of balance control also. They are getting rained on, they preen flight feathers, and pick up all kinds of alpha, beta. And exposure to extreme UVB, & strong gamma from the Sun while in flight. Eating the contaminated fish. snakes, lizards, bugs, rodents etc. is too much on their nervous systems apparently.


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  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Here we go. The aquatic and flying creatures are dropping like fly's. Soon we will follow. For those of you I have not met, I am sorry for what our controllers have done to us all. Sadder than that, mankind not only has murdered our own, but 95 percent of the creatures we have yet to meet that live on planet earth. I am referring to oceanic living critters that live down deep. To those, I apologize as well for the wreckless behavior of us stupid humans…………………………………………


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  • Sickputer

    follow-up on the West Nile virus attribution for eagle deaths in Utah:

    SP: I have been researching the historical data on West Nile Virus since this story broke. Some of my findings:

    "Therefore, because outbreaks are dependent on a series of probabilities, the suitable wetland sites likely to receive the largest number of potentially infected hosts seem to be the most likely place for future outbreaks. Banding data, showing winter concentration areas for large numbers of birds (Table 2), indicate that the most likely place for a bird-spawned outbreak on the wintering ground would be along the coastal plain of Georgia, northern Florida, or Alabama—if the necessary ornithophilic mosquitoes are sufficiently active and abundant."

    August 2000 http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/6/4/00-0401_article.htm

    SP: Pretty much what Ontological says several posts above.

    "Only one issue with that MSM statement, mosquitoes don't winter well in the Western USA."

    SP: Also from the CDC link: Although some bald eagles did die of WNV in the Bronx Zoo August 1999, the CDC researchers had this to say in the first and second paragraph:

    "Despite the fact that migratory birds have long been suspected as critical agents in outbreaks of this and other arboviruses, the link remains conjectural because of the difficulty in determining the intensity and duration of viremia in naturally infected wild birds (8,9).

    SP: I wonder if any Utah rescue bird folks became ill?


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  • califnative califnative (NY)

    Saw this video last night on RadChicks Facebook:

    Fukushima breaking news; GREBES DEAD on the Great Salt Lake in HUGE NUMBERS, kevn D. blanch 1/15/14
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XbVmsBCheU&feature=share

    The Bald Eagle ACUTE UTAH Deaths are being correlated with the GREBES acute death,
    "Every time grebes die," she says, "we send some of the dead birds to a laboratory for testing. Usually, avian cholera jumps out as the cause of death. This year, though, the initial laboratory results were not as conclusive. That led us to believe that something else might have killed the grebes this year."


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    • Sickputer

      How strange that just Utah eagles flew to one certain lake and preyed on supposedly WNV-infected dead grebes. And they initially ruled out WNV, then brought it back as the death cause.

      They better not be telling a lie to avert public panic, because if they are then they are no better than the liars at Tepco who have made an art of deceiving the public.

      Don't lie to us and we'll support you. But if you do practice deliberate deception you will not escape the verdict of history.


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  • jec jec

    Keep eyes on Hanford, as DOE is trying to get the area to AGREE to no decontaminiation of the Hanford radiation and toxic chemicals in the ground and groundwater. First..too expensive!!?? Second it will take a long time, may not work (really?? sarcasm). So waiting for a few hundred years makes a lot more sense, says DOE. HUM..they better tell that to all the parents with children with birth defects in the three county area near Hanford…..and to all the species of fish who have had issues near the Columbia (like they died…).


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