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DNR: Swarm of biting flies forcing loons to leave nests

RHINELANDER, WI (WTAQ) - The swarm of biting flies in northern Wisconsin is looking more like a biblical plague.

Researchers with the Department of Natural Resources say the swarms are the worst they have ever seen, forcing a record number of loons to abandon their nests.

The DNR says the black flies are a nuisance to the birds.

Experts say several counties report around 70 to 80 percent of nesting loons have abandoned their nest.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)