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     AUGUST 28, 1999 14:28 EDT

   Suspected Bird Murderer at Large
 
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 NEW YORK (AP) The city's parks commissioner has urged New Yorkers to be on the lookout for a "depraved'' suspect who has been killing pigeons, sparrows and ducks by lacing bird food or bread crumbs with a toxic chemical. 

 Officials said that more than 80 birds have died at the hands of the culprit in recent weeks most of them in Central Park. State wildlife experts confirmed the birds ingested Carbofuran, a pesticide that has no legitimate use in Manhattan. 

 Parks Commissioner Henry Stern called the poisonings an outrage and "surely the work of a depraved mind.'' 

 Last August, Carbofuran was blamed for the deaths of about 60 birds in the city. No one was caught. 
 
 



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