Beacon Hill Park ducks exposed to toxins

Tests show a group of 20 ducks found dead in a Beacon Hill Park pond in December were exposed to toxins

The death of 20 ducks in Beacon Hill Park has been linked to an exposure to toxins.

The City of Victoria shipped 16 of the ducks to Abbotsford for inspection by B.C. Wildlife in December after the ducks were found dead in the park’s Goodacre Lake on Dec. 2.

“The lab has updated us that they have confirmed exposure to a toxin and additional testing is being completed at a lab in Ontario,” said Katie Hamilton, spokesperson for the City of Victoria.

The additional lab work is expected to confirm the toxin.

Hamilton said the city does not use pesticides in parks, except for in extreme instances. However, none would have been used that time of year, she said.