Updated: January 2, 2011 1:10PM
BEEBE, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says more than 1,000 dead black birds have fallen from the sky in Beebe.
The agency says its enforcement officers began receiving reports about the dead birds about 11:30 p.m. Friday. Officials say the birds fell over a one-mile area of the city and that no other birds were found outside of that area.
Some of the dead birds will be sent for testing to the state Livestock and Poultry Commission lab and the National Wildlife Health Center lab in Madison, Wis.
Commission ornithologist Karen Rowe says that similar events have occurred elsewhere. In other cases, she says test results “usually were inconclusive,” although the birds showed physical trauma. She says the flock could have been hit by lightning or high-altitude hail.