Ducks, goldfish found dead in golf course pond; authorities mystified

Department of Wildlife Resources investigators search for clues in the deaths of waterfowl and fish in a pond at the St. George Golf Club in Bloomington Hills, St. George, Utah, March 2, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Lynn Chamberlain, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Wildlife authorities are investigating the deaths of numerous birds, waterfowl and several fish reportedly found Tuesday in a local golf course pond.

The pond where several birds and fish died Tuesday. St. George, Utah, Mar. 2, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Lynn Chamberlain, St. George News
The pond where several birds and fish died Tuesday. St. George, Utah, March 2, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Lynn Chamberlain, St. George News

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Conservation Outreach Manager Lynn Chamberlain said reports came in Tuesday night of dead fowl and fish at the edge of a pond at the St. George Golf Club, 2190 S. 1400 E., in Bloomington Hills.

Division of Wildlife Resources employees arrived at the pond Wednesday about 9 a.m. to investigate and collect samples.

The dead animals found floating in the water included 18 small water birds called coots, 3 mallard ducks and 1 great-tailed grackle, along with 4 large goldfish discovered dead on the shore.

“It will probably be a few days at least before we have much information on what may have happened,” Chamberlain said, adding there was no obvious cause of death noted.

Chamberlain said he would release more information when it becomes available.

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