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186 deaths; one tiny survivor
Attack at Lake Hefner violates migratory bird act, authorities say

By Augie Frost Modified: June 10, 2008 at 10:27 am •  Published: June 10, 2008
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One baby bird survived; the other 186 weren't so lucky.

An angry boat owner likely is to blame for the deaths of 186 mud swallows — most of which were squashed — that called the boat slips at Gate 4 of the Lake Hefner marina home, police Sgt. Lori Osborn said.


As many as 30 nests, which look much like little mud huts, were knocked down with a pole, Osborn said.

"It's just horrendous,” she said of the site, which was discovered Sunday evening. "He actually called up to complain that there was a mess and we needed to clean it up.”

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A shocked boat slip employee fielded the call from the man. The complaint was that there was a mess down by his dock, that it stank and someone needed to go clean it up, Osborn said.

The man's name was not released because he was not arrested, Osborn said.

But officers do know who he is. In fact, he even gave his name to the boat slip operators and seemed proud of what he had done, Osborn said.

The woman working at the boat slips told the man there were babies in those nests. Dog House: Law enforcement should set example

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Oklahoma City police Sgt. Lori Osborn holds a baby mud swallow, the lone survivor of a weekend attack on bird nests at the Lake Hefner marina. Police said 186 of the birds were killed. BY John Clanton, THE OKLAHOMAN

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