Not something you'd wanna see on a float trip
Gross. Both the Barry County Sheriff's office and two state agencies -- the Departments of Natural Resources
and also Agriculture
-- are looking into this nasty deed, which occurred last weekend (The Joplin Globe
ran a story
about it yesterday).
The cleanup crew reportedly had to pluck all 600+ dead birds from the creek by hand
, because the site was too steep for a backhoe.
It's unclear why they were dumped.
It happened northeast of the town of Washburn
in Southwest Missouri, not far from the big poultry processing plant in
There are plenty of contract poultry farmers in the area, and
authorities say it'll soon become clear whodunnit when one of them comes
up, oh, several hundred birds short in their count.
Spokesman Larry Archer
told the Globe
that the mass
dead-chicken dump violates the Clean Water Act