A retired scientist in southwest Alberta says he has many concerns after finding dozens of dead ducks.

David McIntyre said he found duck carcasses under a newly-built transmission line north of Pincher Creek.

McIntyre estimates the deaths may be in the hundreds based on a 10-minute walk along the line he took on Dec. 31 after receiving calls about the ducks.

“I encountered dozens of carcasses and there were seven eagles on the site feeding on carcasses. There were other scavengers feeding on the carcasses — dozens of ravens, a rough-legged hawk. An eagle was carrying off a duck carcass.”

McIntyre said judging from the damage to ducks, he thinks they may be hitting the line in bad weather when they can't see it.

“The biggest concern is not so much what has happened, but the placement of this line between a staging area on the Oldman River valley and the Oldman reservoir and the grain field feeding areas that are adjacent to that.”

The transmission line belongs to AltaLink.

The Alberta electrical utility company’s spokesman Scott Schreiner says the company is unaware of any problems.

Schreiner said AltaLink takes the report seriously and will investigate.

Dead ducks under power line

A retired scientist took this photo of what appears to be dead ducks underneath a transmission line in the Pincher Creek area. (Submitted by David McIntyre)