12/08/13 - 9:46pm
ANCHORAGE (AP) — A disease has killed hundreds of seabirds on an island in the Bering Sea — the first documented outbreak in the state.
Avian cholera is to blame for the birds found dead on the beaches of St. Lawrence Island, 200 miles from the mainland, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The disease is common elsewhere, including in California, Nevada and Texas, The Anchorage Daily News reported.
“It’s super, super common,” said Kimberlee Beckmen, a Fish and Game wildlife veterinarian. “The only unusual part is us finding a die-off in Alaska.”