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Toxic algae responsible for elk deaths

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100 carcasses found in August

By The Staff

State Game and Fish Department officials say toxic algae bloom was responsible for the deaths of more than 100 elks discovered north of Las Vegas in August.

“Based on circumstantial evidence, the most logical explanation for the elk deaths is that on their way back to the forest after feeding in the grassland, the elk drank water from a trough containing toxins created by blue-green algae or cyanobacteria,” said Kerry Mower, the agency’s wildlife disease specialist.


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