Ravens throughout the Peace Region are coming down with paralysis. Wildlife researchers aren't sure why but they're taking the needed steps to quickly figure it out before it spreads to other animals.
A local animal rehabilitator in Dawson Creek is puzzled by the abundance of ravens in the region who are suffering from paralysis.
"Just paralysis of the legs the wings are okay when they're feathered out they should be able to look after themselves at this stage of the game but they're paralyzed. Their legs are totally paralyzed their claws are kind of clubbed you know. And it just gets worse and worse and of course they can't fend for themselves they can't fly because they need their legs under them to watch them fly," said Leona Green.
Green has come across more than a dozen ravens that are coming down with symptoms of the illness, she has attempted to rehabilitate the ones that have been found alive but they still have died since they are unable to fend for themselves.
"I started getting calls about mid May and then I got the first bird that came in from Tumbler Ridge the 31st of May well he only lived, I even feed them to see if I can bring them back or to see if they're going to recover and a couple of days later he died," Green said of one of the paralyzed ravens.
Green and other colleagues are not sure of what is causing this sudden ailment amongst the ravens. But they are trying to get the bottom of it before it affects other birds or even humans.
"We don't have a clue I wish I had, we can't even think of anything that could be causing it that's why we want to collect, and we have some more coming in I think in the next day or so, I have almost enough dead birds to go frozen and packaged and ready to go but we need two or three more so I have sufficient to send down to Abbotsford,” she said.