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Officials confirm contaminated water from Berkeley Pit killed thousands of waterfowl

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Officials say the thousands of waterfowl killed last fall died from the contaminated water from the Berkeley Pit.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, approximately 3,000 to 4,000 waterfowl died from the November 2016 incident.

The majority of the birds were light geese (snow and Ross’s geese).

In an email to MTN, officials said: “The Service is committed to working cooperatively with the responsible parties and federal, state and local partners to prevent another incident like this from occurring. Accordingly, we are focusing our resources on helping the responsible parties strengthen the site’s waterfowl mitigation plan to ensure the most effective technologies and techniques are in place to successfully deter migratory birds from landing on the Berkeley Pit in the future.”

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