Enviormentalist are concerned after several hundered
American coot and smaller numbers of other waterfowl
are found dead near Genoa.
Researchers say the birds consummed faucet snails
which carry a small insestinal parasite which is deadly
Three to eight days after consuming the snails .
birds die from blood loss .
shock or a stomach infection.
Outbreaks of the snails have occured since 2002 but
experts say it's cause for concern because the snails
are in a major mississippi river refgue.
Officals say waterfowl are an important resource for
All the waterfowl species that we have through this
area play a very important role in terms of maintaining
ecological stability in these particular regions.
They're feeding on all sorts of different organisms
which in turn can keep populations of those organisms
Researchers are working to find ways to reduce the
snail population within the area.