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DUGWAY PROVING GROUND, Utah — The U.S. Army says hundreds of birds have died after thousands of Eared Grebes were found struggling and stranded Monday morning at Dugway Proving Ground.
Dugway spokeswoman Paula Thomas says the birds were looking for water and mistook the area at the Army base for water. The birds cannot take off without water once they land.
Thomas says a large number of the waterfowl spend part of the year at the Great Salt Lake and are in the peak of their migration season.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife are assisting Dugway's environmental personal to rescue birds that are still alive.
Thomas says about 2,000 have been saved so far.
The base is located about 85 miles southwest of Salt Lake City.