An “unprecedented” number of birds have recently died across New Mexico — and some researchers suspect the West Coast’s raging wildfires could be to blame.
Hundreds of thousands of dead birds have been found at the US Army White Sands Missile Range, White Sands National Monument in the southern part of the state, as well as other regions including Doña Ana County, Jemez Pueblo, Roswell and Socorro, according to CNN.
“We started receiving calls a week ago on Tuesday the 8th, and they haven’t really stopped since then from all across the state,” New Mexico Game & Fish Department spokeswoman Tristanna Bickford told the Santa Fe New Mexican. “We can’t say any official cause at this time. That would be pure speculation.”
Experts haven’t been able to quantify the fatalities or pinpoint an exact cause of the mass die-off.
The department’s biologists in Santa Fe have been collecting samples that will eventually be sent to the National Wildlife Health