CLOSINGS: View Closings

Poison may have killed Mayo falcon chicks

Officials say they're still waiting for some test results.

Posted: Jun. 18, 2018 5:05 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Poison may be to blame for the falcon chicks who died in their nest on top of the Mayo Building.

Four chicks died on May 11 and their remains were sent to a wildlife diagnostic lab in Wisconsin. Mayo Clinic says lab results indicate poison could have been the cause of death, but test results on whether a viral infection is responsible are still pending.

Mayo says it does not use poisons for pest control on its Rochester campus and the source of any potential toxin is unknown at this time.

"Although the loss is hard to watch, death occurs frequently in nature," says Jacquelyn Fallon, Midwest Peregrine Society. "With toxicity as a suspected cause of death, it is a reminder how poisons are an indiscriminate killer and, if used, the wide range of effect they can have on species in the area."

The parent falcons, named “Orton” and “Hattie,” have been seen flying in the area since the death of their chicks.

Article Comments

Mason City
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 57°
Albert Lea
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 59°
Austin
Broken Clouds
59° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 59°
Charles City
Few Clouds
61° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 61°
Rochester
Few Clouds
60° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 60°
Tracking a very warm Easter Sunday.
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Worth Brewing hosts Bockfest

Image

Earth Day festival in Mason City

Image

High school students host Relay for Life

Image

RPS Powwow

Image

Tracking a Very Warm Easter

Image

Be on the lookout as motorcycle season is here

Image

Riding horseback across Iowa for a cause

Image

Austin gets big win

Image

2019 Comet Relays

Image

Matthew Hurt announces he will play for Duke

Community Events