CLEVELAND (AP) - State wildlife officials say dozens of ducks are dying on Lake Erie bays and that the only thing that could save them is another heavy rain.
The ducks have symptoms of botulism, which paralyzes their legs, weakens their necks and causes them to drown. Three birds were pulled on Wednesday from Whiskey Island and sent to Wisconsin for tests.
Wildlife officer Reno "Jay" Reda says a windy thunderstorm could cool and aerate the water, reducing the levels of bacteria that cause botulism.
Conditions are perfect now for the bacteria at Whiskey Island, Cleveland's largest marina. Dead fish along with trash and sewage carried into the lake by recent floodwaters are attracting flies, whose larvae are a good protein source for ducks but can also carry the botulism bacteria.