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Dead birds found at Merritt bus stop weren't poisoned.

BC Conservation Officer Joe Garry says tests done on five robins and three waxwings found deceased at the bus stop located at Garcia St and Coldwater Ave back in March, showed they died as a result of blunt force trauma, likely after eating fermented berries from nearby trees.

"The important part was that they weren't poisoned. That's what had the neighbours so concerned. The investigator did note that the birds had alcohol on their breath, and most likely in their disorientated state crashed into windows of the bus stop."

When the birds were initially discovered, Garry confirms he did report the occurrence to the Avian Influenza Surveillance Program, just as a precaution.