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For Release: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

DEC Necropsy Results Now Available for Manhattan Red-Tailed Hawks

The four red tailed hawks found deceased in and around Manhattan late February and early March 2012, were submitted for examination to the State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Wildlife Health Unit. Anticoagulant rodenticides were found as the primary cause of death in three of four birds.

DEC's Wildlife Health Unit performs necropsies (animal autopsies) and diagnostic laboratory tests to identify the causes of sickness and death in New York State's wild animals. To improve public communication regarding these and other cases of interest, detailed reports and background information on the Wildlife Health Program is now available on DEC's website.

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