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Deadly Duck Parasite

Bluebill ducks are dying in northern Minnesota. The ducks that eat a certain kind of snail that carries the parasite will be passed onto the duck, which will result in the duck's death. The article, from Wednesday's Star Tribune, describes the impact on this season's duck hunting. The experts quoted in the article talk about how they can't predict the extent of the infection of the nematode that's killing the ducks. It talks about how the incredibly low levels of the scaup (bluebill) population is, and how the large quantities of surviving scaup rest in northern Minnesota and are at risk of infection and death.