Avian enthusiasts may resume using bird feeders and birdbaths statewide after the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) completely lifted their moratorium Friday.

DNR had recommended a statewide moratorium on bird feeding earlier this summer to slow the spread of a still-undetermined illness that is killing birds across the state. Biologists identified more than 750 possible cases in 76 counties that involved a specific set of clinical signs, including crusty eyes, eye discharge and neurological issues, said DNR director of communications James Brindle.

Rob Burgess, Wabash Plain Dealer editor, may be reached by email at rburgess@wabashplaindealer.com.

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