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Dead birds in NE Portland may be linked to fermented berries

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Dozens of birds have been found dead in northeast Portland, and experts believe berries may be to blame.

The Audubon Society of Portland said they have been receiving reports of dead birds in the area of Northeast Russell Street and Rodney Avenue.

Audubon Society veterinarians suspect the birds are eating fermented berries, which can lead to poisoning.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife workers are performing necropsies to determine the official cause of death.

A Fish and Wildlife spokesperson said that will likely take three to four weeks. The spokesperson could not confirm fermented berries were involved in the recent bird deaths yet, but said a similar situation happened back in 2008.

Due to cold weather that winter, red robins couldn't dig into the ground for worms, so they ate holly berries and died. The deaths were attributed to alcohol poisoning from fermented berries.

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