A large number of Indian
cormorants, a variety of fish eating birds, have been found
dead in the past three days at one of the lakes in Bengaluru,
according to environmentalists.
Wildlife enthusiasts were appalled to see the
cormorants dying in huge numbers at Kasavanahalli Lake where
at least 50 to 60 birds have reportedly died in three days.
A large number of the birds have died, a local
lakeprotection group member L Sreenivas said Saturday.
"We are not sure what the reasons are," he said.
The lake protection group members contacted civic
authorities, who sent a veterinary doctor to ascertain the
cause of death.
"We are also not sure what killed these birds. Our
veterinary doctor will collect the sample and would submit a
report soon," said P Jagannath Rao, deputy conservator of
forest (lake division).
Initially, the local groups suspected the involvement
of a fish contractor, who might have poisoned the birds.
It was, however, ruled out as the fish were ingood
health. The other possibilities could be avian bird flu or the
cyanobacteria bloom in the lake.
Bengaluru lakes have been in the news for wrong
reasons due to high contamination.
The largest among all the water bodies in Bengaluru,
the Bellandur lake has been in the limelight for catching fire
due to high level of non-biodegradable chemicals, as well as
Despite the National Green Tribunal's direction to the
civic agencies, the water quality of Bellandur lake and water
bodies upstream have not improved much, according to
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