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Dead ducks prompt closure at Floyd Lamb Park

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

More than a dozen dead ducks found near ponds at a Las Vegas park prompted officials to restrict access to the water Friday.

According to a statement, the carcases of 15 ducks were found in and around the ponds at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs at 9200 Tule Springs Rd.

Officials said they access to the ponds in the park is restricted while tests are being conducted to determine if something in the water caused the deaths.

Other waterfowl at the park seem to be healthy, officials said. They said the restriction is in place as a precaution.

The ponds are popular for fishing and a destination for parents to take their kids.

"I was out here today and I noticed that there were signs up there saying no fishing. I wanted to come down and see what was going on," said park visitor Jeffrey Williams.

Williams is a regular fisher at the park, visiting at least twice a month.

Julie Reynolds takes her kids to the park when the weather is nice. They like to feed the ducks in their natural habitat.

"We saw a couple of signs that said no fishing, they're testing the water, and I noticed there weren't many ducks in the water," she said.

The city of Las Vegas said it could be two weeks before they discover what killed the ducks.

"This is such a beautiful wildlife area you just hope there's nothing wrong," said Reynolds.

FOX5 spoke with state veterinarian Peregrine Wolff. She said her initial suspicion is that avian botulism could be responsible for the ducks dying.

She said that can happen when temperatures rise, creating a breeding ground for bacteria. She added that it is not a threat to people.

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