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Winds likely contributed to Texas pelicans killed by traffic

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas -

(AP) - Strong winds and high tides may have contributed to the deaths of more than 60 brown pelicans killed by oncoming traffic along a highway near Texas' border with Mexico.
    
The Brownsville Herald reports that northerly winds and surging tides Thursday likely pushed pelicans to roost near a concrete traffic divider on a highway connecting Port Isabel and Brownsville, Texas.
    
Tom deMaar, senior veterinarian at Brownsville's Gladys Porter Zoo, was driving when he saw the birds close to oncoming traffic.
    
DeMaar and a sheriff's deputy stopped and tried to get the pelicans to relocate. But traffic moved fast through the area - where speed limits are 75 miles per hour - and 64 pelicans were killed.
    
Authorities later posted temporary signs warning drivers of pelicans in the roadway.
    
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Information from: The Brownsville Herald, http://www.brownsvilleherald.com

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12/10/2016 4:36:01 PM (GMT -8:00)

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