Residents have reported at least seven dead crows in the past week, and the Skagit County Health Department is asking anyone who finds more dead adult crows to report them.
“At this point, we don’t have enough information to know what caused these incidents,” said police Lt. Chris Cammock in an e-mail to the Skagit Valley Herald.
Police are asking that residents report when they see dead adult crows that appear to have been dead less than 24 hours. Testing can only be conducted on birds who have died recently, Cammock said.
Cammock said the cause of the birds’ deaths is unknown and will be the subject of testing. Cammock recommended a safe procedure for disposing of dead birds:
• Wear rubber gloves.
• Wrap the carcass using two plastic bags.
• Make sure the bag is wrapped tight and secure.
• Dispose of the bird in a regular trash can.
Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon