TWRA: Dead ducks poisoned by corn with banned pesticide

TWRA: Dead ducks poisoned by corn with banned pesticide


The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has completed their investigation into the deaths of 20 ducks found in Mt. Juliet off Old Hickory Lake.

Officials with the TWRA stated the ducks were poisoned after they ate corn containing a pesticide called carbofuran, which is known for being extremely toxic to birds.

The pesticide is banned in both Canada and the European Union, and was banned for human consumption in the United States in 2009.

The TWRA noted that it is unclear if the ducks were intentionally or mistakenly poisoned.

The investigation came after the 20 ducks mysteriously died on June 15 on the property of Michelle Desirey and her son, Catlin Gentry.

The family told News 2 they witnessed each duck suffer seizure-like symptoms, shaking beyond their control, before dying.

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