Police investigate death of 4 blue herons

A blue heron flies over Monksville Reservoir, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Hewitt, N.J. Temperature has shift from hot to cool weather in recent weeks as the Northern New Jersey region gears up for the summer season kicking off on Memorial Day weekend. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A blue heron flies in Hewitt, New Jersey. –Julio Cortez / AP, File

MASHPEE, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts are investigating the deaths of four great blue herons.

The Cape Cod Times reports that the birds were found near the Mashpee River herring run off of state Route 130 on tribal land in the past two weeks. Mashpee Wampanoag police say the deaths are irregular.

Wampanoag police have partnered with the state Environmental Police and the Wampanoag Department of Natural Resources for a probe into the deaths.

The Department of Natural Resources will test herring from the run to see if the fish caused the birds’ deaths. Officials will also perform an X-ray and necropsy on one of the herons.

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Great blue herons are protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.

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Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, http://www.capecodtimes.com