TV: Bald eagles dying at rate “much higher than normal” and it’s not from West Nile virus as previously claimed — Now around 60 dead in Utah since December — “We feel helpless, we don’t have a lot of answers” (VIDEO)

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KSL, Feb. 18, 2014: Lead blamed for latest bald eagle deaths in Utah […] not West Nile virus […] “It’s frustrating and it’s scary,” [Buz Marthaler] said. “Typically, we get eagles in this time of year for fractures.” […] The center has lost eight bald eagles to lead poisoning since December, which is much higher than normal, Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah officials said. The center averages maybe three deaths from lead poisoning a year. “It seems like it’s increasing year after year,” Marthaler said,” and it’s not just eagles.” […] Charles Hardy, public policy director for Gun Owners of Utah […] believes the tests on eagles that found signs of lead poisoning are not conclusive […] lead in its solid form does not spread and contaminate very easily […]

KSL, Feb. 18, 2014:

  • Mike Anderson, KSL: Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah says they’ve lost a total of 8 bald eagles to lead poisoning since last December. They say that’s much higher than normal, it’s a problem that’s only getting worse. […] Clear signs something’s wrong.
  • Buz Marthaler, Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah: It has some type of neurological issues. We feel helpless. We don’t have a lot of answers.
  • Anderson: Charles Hardy, public policy director for Gun Owners of Utah says he’s not convinced that there is a problem.
  • Hardy: What they’ve tested is they’ve found that an animal had somewhat elevated lead levels and then they stopped looking.

National Wildlife Health Center, Jan. 17, 2014: Evaluations on eared grebe and bald eagle carcasses […] confirmed West Nile virus (WNV) to be the cause of death. […] Extensive testing ruled out many other causes of death. […] 54 eagles have been found sick or dead in 6 counties in Utah […] Clinical signs in eagles include head tremors, paralysis […] and progressive seizures. [.…] WNV has rarely been observed in wildlife in North America during winter […] The GSL [Great Salt Lake] mortality event is the first report of WNV infection in eared grebes. […] records of WNV in bald eagles […] are rare. […] the investigation continues […]

L.A. Times, Dec. 29, 2013: Scientists guessed [it was] 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 […]

Alaska Public Radio Network, Jan. 24, 2014 (at 6:00 in):

  • Professor Doug Dasher, University of Alaska Fairbanks: What we looked at is […] what they call multiple stressors, where an animal or human could [feel? the] impact of climate change, contaminants, your food supply may be changing, so the body’s under stress. Then you add a chemical, be it radiation […] that can cause illnesses.
  • Steve Heimel: So [radioactive pollution] could have been a factor [in the ice seal deaths] along with other stressors?
  • Dasher: Yeah, that’s what we found.

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46 comments to TV: Bald eagles dying at rate “much higher than normal” and it’s not from West Nile virus as previously claimed — Now around 60 dead in Utah since December — “We feel helpless, we don’t have a lot of answers” (VIDEO)

  • the fascists just sentenced megan rice to 35 months in prison.
    a death sentence for paint and mocking the absence of security of the nuke plants. may she live in peoples hearts, I pray for her.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      alreadyconsdiereddead, yes, agreed, a very harsh sentence.

    • let's be realistic…these stories day after day we're moving towards an actual fear/flight response…panic…

      Yoichi Shimatsu's latest discussion in brief transcript…

      for fast absorbing…please take time to listen to the entire interview…things are seriously bleak…

      we need citizens to shake off the "paralysis" and measure the radiation at all levels and with all methods available…

      http://wyynd.tripod.com/ys3.txt

      this is the text only you don't need to spend time weeding thru the website…youtube url of course is also there…

    • We Not They Finally

      Megan Rice, 84-year-old nun, sentenced to 35 months in prison for peaceful protest at a Tennessee nuclear facility.

      Either she or the nukers were doing God's work. Guess which one….

      • TorMentor

        Maybe they both did God's work. She wasn't harmed in the capture.

      • weeman

        That is a death sentence for someone of that age, that is outrageous, surely it will be suspended, who asked for jail time, the devil himself, no one was hurt and little or no damage occurred, only embarrassment for the facility, made a complete fares of security.
        If a nun can bypass security it makes it a walk in the park for any radicals, it should be security that goes to jail for gross negligance and failure of duty.
        Tell me this is spam please.

        • invisible ELEphant in the room

          "If a nun can bypass security it makes it a walk in the park for any radicals, it should be security that goes to jail for gross negligance and failure of duty."

          So, if you forget to lock your door one day and some stranger opens your door and vandalizes your home to make a point about your negligence then the whole incident was your fault for not locking your door?

          I do not understand this logic, please explain.

          • weeman

            We are not talking about a house, we are talking about a secure premises that stores highly dangerious material and you expect a secure site, would you put your money in a bank with little or no surveillance or security, no.
            I live in Canada and my front door is always unlocked, except when I sleep and if you enter it is trespassing not break and enter, big difference, if you destroy or steal something it is Vandalizing.
            The crime does not fit the sentence.
            What did they do cut a fence, entered grounds and placed a banner on ground, no spray painting or anything malicious.
            Why was the fence not electrified or have sensors for breech or motion detectors, these are simple and obvious security factors, especially since what they store in facility.
            I suppose I should be happy they did not use deadly force.
            Should hire her as security analyis.

    • bluetick

      Sounds Like a sign of some sort as the Bald Eagle once was the show of strength and solidarity of the American people now as we crumble as a society so do they.. ever heard of poetic justice…just saying as its all of us together in this boat , like it or not.

    • Fred

      Wise up, people. The RCC/Vatican could simply have moved her to Vatican, as soon as she got busted. There's a REASON they didn't. Wake up…geez.

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    I'm not quite sure I "get" the connection with energy issues, but since there have been so many mass animal and sea life die-offs, worth noting and monitoring. Utah has a lot of point source pollution from mining & such.

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    The impending extinction of the bald eagle – the symbol of America – is certainly a symbolic harbinger of what is to come.

  • SykeWar(DELETED) SykeWar

    They're dropping faster than JP Morgan banksters.

  • tbg

    I truly hope that this may wake up the american people to the reality that yes, something is really wrong, and no matter how much we don't look at it, it's not going away.

  • johnnyo

    …..
    feel pissed not helpless
    get mad enough, make others
    spread info and rage

  • ftlt

    Eagles have been dying for awhile now… With runaway Agri-business new toxins could be to blame here too

  • Ontological Ontological

    Mercury is in the fish. Lead from eating buck shot blasted critters? Poor birds. Poor whatever it was the birds ate, that was killed by a butt full of buckshot.

    http://www.wcsh6.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=3221801953001&odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cfeatured

  • combomelt combomelt

    'lead poisoning' – check.
    'gun owners of utah' picked as the PERFECT scapegoat – check.
    lead poisoning from all those hunters.
    brain poisoning for all the scientists….

    ITS THE R-A-D-I-A-T-I-O-N you morons! get it?

    repitame – "ITS THE F-ING RADIATION!" GET it thru your thick poisoned craniums already!!!!

    ITS THE RADIATION

    ITS SO OBVIOUS TO ANYONE/EVERYONE WHO HAS A FUNCTIONING BRAIN.

    ITS THE RADS DUMMIES!

    ITS CALLED R-A-D-I-A-T-I-O-N – LOOK IT UP SOMETIME

    BTW……ITS THE F-ING RADIATION KILLING THE EAGLES.

    SHEESH, F-ING A! STUPID FOLKS AS FAR AS THE EYE(I) CAN SEE(SEA)

    ONCE MORE MORONS – ITS THE RADIATION!!!!

  • Black Reign Man Black Reign Man

    Bald eagles reduced to canaries in the biosphere.

  • atomicistheword

    I'm surprised they didn't say the bald eagles died of Ingestion of small amounts of bananas, although that could backfire on them. (a pun on many levels)

    Bald eagles the symbol of a failed and dying social structure; that only served gods to themselves. Fiddling their assets as Rome burns. They could give away their wealth to save us all, including themselves?

    Many will die, many will be persecuted, many will be put to the stake. Energy does not die, it simply changes form. The essence of energy shall return to its creator. These beings that have disconnected from the great hall of records go into a pig that runs into the sea. Stained windows of those murdered, by the murderers and their false named Christ. The devil is more in whore houses on every corner, than out. Satan is defeated as he sits on his cross of astonishment. Fear the cake eating underlings, for the time is at hand.

    There can be no understanding between the hand and the brain unless the heart acts as mediator. (Metropolis)

    Those with eyes see, those with ears hear.

  • razzz razzz

    Prison time if you even possess a bald eagle feather. Must be those drunken gun owners spraying eagles with buckshot at random for a cheap thrill. Any radioactive lead make it this far from Daiichi?

    Silence from the Audubon Society, Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy and all others claiming to want to protect wildlife. Windmills kill more eagles, bats and a whole slew of other birds than what they are finding from radiation fallout but hardly a whisper about it. Death by windmill is not pretty, the leading edge of the blades create a low pressure envelope and birds don't have to be hit by the blades just entering the low pressure pocket blows their lungs apart.

    The heroic nun didn't stand a chance.

    Dr. Helen Caldicott's Oscar winning 'If You Love This Planet' a short anti-nuclear 1982 26 minute documentary film:

    "This film was labeled "foreign political propaganda" by the United States' Justice Department in an attempt to limit its distribution. All distributors who sold a copy were required to give the purchaser's name to the Justice Department. This may have had the opposite effect from the suppression desired by the Reagan administration, as the negative label caused a rallying of support around the film from anti-censorship activists. During her Oscar acceptance speech director Terre Nash thanked the US Justice Department for their effective "advertisement" of her film."
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084118/trivia?ref_=tt_trv_trv

  • UTAvalanche

    Well, for 2-3 days previous to finding the bald eagles, the FDA monitoring station in Salt Lake City posted a Radcon 5 alert which is an evacuation level alert. Gamma counts were over 500 CPM. Normal count is 30-50. We had very heavy radioactive rain storm and the eagles were soaked in radiation. A couple of days later they start picking up dead and dying eagles in all areas that had that alert. Coincidence right? I see no one is mentioning that. Except for I think LA Times. West Nile Virus is passed on by mosquitoes. No mosquitoes when high temps are in the 20 degree range for several months. If it was West Nile then hundreds of people in northern Utah would be getting it as well. Skeeters go after people more than birds. Skeeters have a hard time getting through all the feathers. Cover up, or……?

  • Sickputer

    UTA +311 🙂

    SP: Ten to sixteen times pre-Fukushima background radiation levels.

    When it snows on the eagles (or any life form) the attaching toxic fallout radiation is at least double concentrated compared to rain or mist.

    Fred Astaire time everywhere:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=kc7y8xs6QXw&feature=c4-feed-u

    Footnote 2014:

    New Zealand and Australia get the Fred Astaire 9X background levels…central Japan gets 50X. North America 15 to 20X.

    Yes On the Beach was a science fiction movie. A global nuclear war was always the boogey man for civilization since 1946. But now we discover Atoms for Peace was slowly killing life on earth. Fukushima has quickened the pace dramatically.

    • atomicistheword

      North American levels have yet to be determined. There is a devils canyon reactor waiting to do a Fukushima swan song. Turn it off. Same unreliable reactor. who manufactured the devils canyon atomic radiation reactor?

    • "When it snows… double concentrated…" – SP

      When that snow melts, it again will concentrate/accumulate in the lakes, as runoff and in the rivers. Ultimately spreading radioactive contamination to the ocean. There it can evaporate and come back as fallout rain and snow.

      The cycle will continue until it stops.

      It does not appear that it will be stopping anytime soon.

      From what I see, in the tidbits of data released, things there are far worse than most can imagine.

      In the case of isotopes like cesium 137 and strontium 90 they will remain HAZARDOUS to LIFE for more than 300 YEARS. 🙁

  • Nick

    .."uranium-238 decays through a series of steps to become a stable form of lead.."
    http://www.epa.gov/radiation/understand/chain.html#howmuchrad

    This takes about 138 days (see chart)

    Quite possible that the eagles show signs of lead poisoning…but it's obviously a little more than that.

    Get ready for a whole slew of new reasons for illnesses.

    San Diego Fever.

    Salt Lake City Malaise.

    Seattle Sleepless Disorder.

    Chicago Cough.

    Etc.

  • Sol Man

    Life can not stand against the onslaught.

    This is not a problem for the corporations, as they are not living.

    What shall be plundered next?

  • ss.minnow

    I would like to know why dieing eagles have nothing to do with energy issues. I suppose mutated fetuses also have nothing to do with energy issues. That really makes me curious. Why that might be stated. I will agree to politely disagree . This is a response to a statement above by Hotaters. Please explain , I must have missed something there.

  • JerryK

    Before placing all the blame on Fukushima, don't forget about the low level nuclear waste disposal site in Clive, UT (Approximately 50 miles west of Salt Lake).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EnergySolutions

  • jimbojamesiv

    I'm not a scientist but I've always thought the high-flyers are subject to increased risks because they're high flyers.

  • jec jec

    Could it be Polonium-210 which decomposes to lead? Just thinking of the tests? showing lead in the eagles. And the diagram of the plume over Utah. Of course, Polonium comes from nuclear weapons, or am I wrong on that? Might be why Japan is not returning the nuclear products the USA asked back..they already did return them via Jet Stream, Air Mail Special Delivery…

    • jec jec

      And of course, Polonium is not a gamma emitting radioisotope. Its unique, its alpha and does not even pass thru paper. So those gamma and beta dosimeters of the EPA–useless to indentify Polonium. Of course, INGESTION via water–or food– would be lethal in small doses. Makes one think about the poor sailors drinking water on board the USS Ronald Reagan as a second case. If the sailors also show up with lead contamination what would that infer?

    • jec jec

      And of course, Polonium is not a gamma emitting radioisotope. Its unique, its alpha and does not even pass thru paper. So those gamma and beta dosimeters of the EPA–useless to identify Polonium. Of course, INGESTION via water–or food– would be lethal in small doses. Makes one think about the poor sailors drinking water on board the USS Ronald Reagan as a second case. If the sailors also show up with lead contamination what would that infer?

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