Clemson researchers say 23 crows found dead at a Bluffton school complex died from pesticide. The deaths of the 23 crows were mysterious and had officials scratching their heads trying to determine what caused the outbreak. A Bluffton veterinarian even said the birds may have been drunk on fermented berries, causing them to die.
Clemson University investigators then ran tests on the dead birds and found that a pesticide typically used in cotton and potato fields was the cause. The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports the Department of Pesticide Regulation is now trying to determine who used the pesticide and when. There were no other deaths reported.
Violating South Carolina pesticide laws could result in a fine or business license suspension.