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DEC testing birds found near Ontario Lake for Botulism 10/24/2006 7:39 PM By: Staff. The DEC continues to investigate what caused the death of numerous birds ...
The DEC continues to investigate what caused the death of numerous birds found along the shore of Lake Ontario. The agency says birds like gulls and loons were found dead along the eastern shore of the lake Saturday.
Botulism. Water birds which have the botulism toxin cannot fly and their legs become paralyzed. DEC officials are advising the public to take precautions in handling birds and other wildlife from these areas until the investigation is completed.
How should I prepare HEALTHY fish or game that I harvest? (In Erie or Ontario)
• Wear rubber or plastic protective gloves while filleting, field dressing, skinning or butchering.
• Remove intestines soon after harvest, don't eat intestines and avoid direct contact with intestinal contents.
This is important to my because I fish for Steel head most all winter long. I posted this on (Fish Erie Forum)because those guys eat thees fish. So far this year Ive caught way over 300 Steel head and haven't keep a single fish to smoke.