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State study details turbine bat and bird deaths

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wind turbines in Pennsylvania kill an estimated 10,500 bats and 1,680 birds each year, according to a report from the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

That's an average of 25 bats and four birds at each of the state's 420 turbines.

The Daily American of Somerset reported Wednesday that state wildlife biologists are trying to determine what an acceptable level of mortality is for the turbines in the state.

The report says the deaths of three endangered birds were documented, but no deaths of threatened or endangered bats.

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Information from: Daily American, http://www.dailyamerican.com

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