Article courtesy of Nick Houser | February 22, 2015 | WMUR | Shared as educational material
Twenty-two mallards died in contaminated water near a housing development in Penacook, officials said.
According to a press release, a citizen spotted a distressed duck and took it to the wildlife rehabilitation center Wings of Dawn. An employee determined the mallard was suffering from oil contamination.
Concord Fire, New Hampshire Fish and Game and Department of Environmental Services crews were sent to Boroughs Road and Alice Drive to investigate. The crews observed an oil-like substance in the water and recovered the dead ducks.
Live birds were removed from the water and taken in for treatment.
“This is a sad situation. Whether the contamination was accidental or intentional, the end result is that it had a profound deadly impact on these ducks. In an extreme winter like this, the availability of open water for waterfowl is extremely limited, and these birds are very vulnerable,” Conservation Officer Lt. Jim Juneau said.
Cleanup is underway. DES is investigating.