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Huygenspark: temporary ban on dogs

Published: 5 November 2018Modified: 12 November 2018

A large number of dead starlings have been found in Huygenspark starting in the weekend of 19 October 2018. A temporary ban on dogs is in effect.

Between Friday, 19 October and Saturday, 3 November 2018, 337 dead starlings and 2 dead common wood pigeons were found. The municipality cannot rule out the possibility that the birds were poisoned. This is why the municipality has taken extra precautionary measures and announced a temporary ban on dogs for Huygenspark.

Investigation into cause

The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) has informed the Municipality of The Hague that the death of the starlings in Huijgenspark was not caused by the West Nile virus. This virus is often seen among migratory birds. The animals also tested negative for the usutu virus, an emerging zoonotic virus seen in blackbirds. It is not yet known whether the deaths were caused by another virus or by poisoning.

There is still no evidence that the birds' death was caused by testing the new 5G network for mobile telephones. The Antennebureau (Agentschap Telecom) has confirmed that no 5G tests were conducted around Huygenspark.

Experts in fauna research

The municipality, together with De Wulp bird rescue, has asked experts in fauna research to look into this question. The cause of death for the birds is being investigated by Wageningen Bioveterinary Research (Lelystad), Dutch Wildlife Health Centre (Utrecht), Erasmus University (Rotterdam) and Universiteit Gent. Initial results are expected in mid-November 2018.

Have you found a dead animal?

Report a dead fish or bird as quickly as possible to the ‘Meldpunt Toezicht’ at the Hoogheemraadschap van Delfland (Delfland Water Board).