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Gulls vs. Cars: Birds aren't winning



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LAKE POINT JUNCTION, Utah (AP) -- Gulls are colliding with cars and trucks near an Interstate 80 exit, and the results aren't pretty. "People were wondering why there were so many dead birds out there," said Tom Becker, a state wildlife biologist. "They were thinking it was because of diseases, but it's just as simple as a vehicle hitting them."

The dead birds are near Exit 99 in Tooele County, just west of the Salt Lake County line. Great Salt Lake is immediately north. "The birds are just flying across the road to the pond and having a hard time judging the speed of traffic so they get hit by cars and semis," Becker said.

The Division of Wildlife Resources typically doesn't pick up birds and other smaller animals. "They usually get flattened out and aren't a hazard like a bigger animal would be," Becker said. Large animals are taken to the desert for food for other wildlife.

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Information from: Tooele Transcript-Bulletin

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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