AltaLink, one of Canada’s largest transmission companies is investigating reports of dozens and possibly hundreds of dead Mallards under a newly-built transmission line.
A retired scientist was the one to raise the concerns after noticing many carcasses. David McIntyre estimates the deaths may be in the hundreds based on a 10-minute walk along the line he took on Dec. 31. Judging from the damage to ducks, he thinks they may be hitting the line in bad weather when they can’t see it. Falcons and Eagles were seen gorging on the ducks, leaving just their wings.
The company is sending workers to an area near Pincher Creek and might install “flappers” to help make the lines more visible. The company also says this is common, “Whether it’s a phone line or a telephone tower or a house, birds have collisions with those aerial facilities.”
Though the only picture available from McIntyre only shows a few wings, I am not too sure just what kind of impact this is really doing, if noticeable at all.