Stampede suspected in dozens of walrus deaths in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says 64 walruses died on a northwest Alaska beach, and the animals may have been killed in stampedes.

The agency told The Associated Press that the mostly young walruses were counted Monday near the village of Point Lay on the Chukchi (chuk-CHEE) Sea.

The cause of the deaths hasn’t been determined, but young walruses are vulnerable to being crushed if something startles a herd and sends animals rushing to the ocean.

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