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Feral ducks plague South Florida town
UPI ^ | May 9, 2012

Posted on 05/09/2012 3:00:57 PM PDT by nickcarraway

A war against ducks is under way in South Florida where residents of Oakland Park are battling an exploding population, officials said.

Gangs of Muscovy ducks have taken over porches and yards and caused traffic to come to a halt while they waddle across town streets, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Wednesday.

Resident Peter Cramer said he jumped into his swimming pool recently to rescue three baby ducklings that got trapped.

"The mother duckling was trying to attack me for saving her stupid little chicks," Cramer told the Sun-Sentinel.

The ducks are considered non-natives to Florida and invasive, so moving them somewhere else is prohibited. A federal rule that went into effect in 2010 placed the Muscovy ducks on a list of federally protected birds.

Oakland Park Mayor Anne E. Sallee said she recently received a threat from residents vowing to band together and stop paying taxes unless the ducks are removed.

"Unfortunately there's not a lot we can do," Sallee said. "You just have to learn to live with it."


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: daffy; dethpicable; donald

1 posted on 05/09/2012 3:01:00 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Where’s Elmer!!! (Sorry, I could not stop myself.)


2 posted on 05/09/2012 3:03:24 PM PDT by Makana
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To: nickcarraway

Quack Mayor

3 posted on 05/09/2012 3:04:47 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: nickcarraway

Protected birds???????? They are diseased!!!!


4 posted on 05/09/2012 3:04:50 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: nickcarraway

go rent a hawk


5 posted on 05/09/2012 3:05:46 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: nickcarraway

“The ducks are considered non-natives to Florida and invasive, so moving them somewhere else is prohibited. A federal rule that went into effect in 2010 placed the Muscovy ducks on a list of federally protected birds.”

Sort of like illegal aliens. ;)


6 posted on 05/09/2012 3:06:55 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: nickcarraway

The town needs more retriever type dogs.


7 posted on 05/09/2012 3:08:26 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: nickcarraway
A duck may be somebody's mother.

8 posted on 05/09/2012 3:09:38 PM PDT by I see my hands (If you say what you think then no one will like you.)
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To: Makana

9 posted on 05/09/2012 3:11:05 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: nickcarraway

“Feral Ducks” = Decent name for a punk rock band.

Seriously, Muscovys are very aggressive and pretty ugly duckloids.


10 posted on 05/09/2012 3:11:31 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walk into a bar. Bartender says "what'll it be, Mitt?")
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To: nickcarraway

Big qwack attack has residents ducking!


11 posted on 05/09/2012 3:13:49 PM PDT by biggredd1
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To: nickcarraway

will federal ducks be far behind?


12 posted on 05/09/2012 3:14:23 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: nickcarraway
One word: Confit .

/johnny

13 posted on 05/09/2012 3:14:23 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
Muscovys are very aggressive and pretty ugly duckloids.

Not on a plate.

/johnny

14 posted on 05/09/2012 3:16:08 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: nickcarraway

Ridiculous that this is protected.


15 posted on 05/09/2012 3:16:08 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: nickcarraway

This is why God invented vey quiet, very powerful air rifles. Don’t be a good sport, just get a dick dinner.


16 posted on 05/09/2012 3:16:39 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper

I’d rather have a duck dinner.


17 posted on 05/09/2012 3:18:28 PM PDT by occamrzr06
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To: nickcarraway
Roast duck is tasty. Just gotta watch the bones.


18 posted on 05/09/2012 3:26:12 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: nickcarraway

This is a savory problem.


19 posted on 05/09/2012 3:37:32 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: occamrzr06

Muscovy ducks are mean, ugly, aggressive, and the final insult is they don’t even taste good. How can they be protected? You can drive them away, can’t eat them, can make a pet of them. Not good for anything, let alone to protect them. Heck, even the dogs wouldn’t go near them.


20 posted on 05/09/2012 3:50:35 PM PDT by CH3CN (A stitch in time is worth two in the bush.)
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To: SaraJohnson

The decrease in the duck population is directly inverse to the number of Chinese restaurants serving Peking Duck.


21 posted on 05/09/2012 3:52:05 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Would you rather eat dog food or cat food? Guess it's Romney 2012.)
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To: CH3CN

Make that “can’t drive them away, can’t eat them, can’t make a pet.” My n’ts are off tonight.


22 posted on 05/09/2012 3:52:13 PM PDT by CH3CN (A stitch in time is worth two in the bush.)
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To: libstripper

“... just get a dick dinner”.

?


23 posted on 05/09/2012 3:54:59 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: nickcarraway

1 800 ali gatr

24 posted on 05/09/2012 4:11:46 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bailout)
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To: VRWC For Truth

Go Gators!


25 posted on 05/09/2012 4:12:25 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: nickcarraway

“A federal rule that went into effect in 2010 placed the Muscovy ducks on a list of federally protected birds.”

Well, that’s great for the ducks that are living on federal lands, where the feds’ jurisdiction on matters like this ends. For the Muscovy ducks who have strayed into the sovereign State of Florida, it should be “game on”.


26 posted on 05/09/2012 4:15:01 PM PDT by Boogieman
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you think ducks are bad... we have HUNDREDS of Canadian geese crapping all over the place year round and you can't touch them

but i found a cool way to pizz them off and get them to leave the park if only for a little while

circle them closing the circle a few feet with every revolution till you get them in a tight group then run at them with the wind at your back... it's all flapping and honking and falling over each other trying to take off with the wind!

27 posted on 05/09/2012 4:22:32 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Aggressive? I guess so. So are geese and chickens. Muscovy ducks are a common domestic breed. Good God, what have we come to? Calculating cocker spaniels? Preying Pekingese? Slavering samoyeds? Raving Rhode Island Reds? Muscovies are decidedly NOT endangered any more than are duroc pigs. #@$%^@&!!

C’mon, folks. We have actual lives to live. sd


28 posted on 05/09/2012 4:34:39 PM PDT by shotdog (I love my country. It's our government I'm afraid of.)
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To: nickcarraway

UPI brags “Over 100 years of journalistic excellence” illustrates this story with a photograph of a Mallard hen.

Face Palm, Now!


29 posted on 05/09/2012 4:35:09 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: Iowa Granny; Ladysmith; Diana in Wisconsin; JLO; sergeantdave; damncat; phantomworker; joesnuffy; ..

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30 posted on 05/09/2012 4:38:20 PM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, M Obama)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
they are rather homely, but they are a farm yard duck...idiots put it on an endangered list is stupid beyond belief...My dad once got ticked off at all the sparrows pooping on his car (when we lived in the city). Every morning for a couple of weeks he would pop a large bown of popcorn and throw it on the front lawn....In two weeks the sparrows were gone....it appears that sparrows being a small bird get pop corn stuck in their throats and die...the neighbors told my mother how sweet it was that he fed the birds popcorn everyday...

Now some might now believe popcorn can kill a sparrow, but they died....the larger birds don't have a problem with popcorn.....

When he was a kid (born 1901) and a farm boy, there was a bounty on crows of 5 cents each. But a shot gun shell cost 5 cents so he soaked some grain in whiskey and put it out for the crows....they got drunk and couldn't fly, he then would use one shot gun shell and get about 4 birds...made a profit...those old boys used to know how to get things done.....

31 posted on 05/09/2012 4:43:03 PM PDT by goat granny
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32 posted on 05/09/2012 4:45:39 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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"Unfortunately there's not a lot we can do,"

There's a lot the citizens can do as well as for the invasive snakes.........just let them do it.

33 posted on 05/09/2012 4:49:50 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (My 6 pack abs are now a full keg......)
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To: nickcarraway
My quick read...."Feral drunks plague South Florida town"


Be careful folks...its dangerous out there.
34 posted on 05/09/2012 5:50:56 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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35 posted on 05/09/2012 5:54:58 PM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, M Obama)
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To: nickcarraway
The ducks are considered non-natives to Florida and invasive, so moving them somewhere else is prohibited. A federal rule that went into effect in 2010 placed the Muscovy ducks on a list of federally protected birds.

I suddenly have a mental image of Dumb and Dumber, and they got jobs in government......

36 posted on 05/09/2012 7:14:08 PM PDT by Sarajevo (http://rulesoftheinternet.com/index.php?title=Main_Page)
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To: Chode

Once a year for two weeks they can not fly. That is when you round them up.


37 posted on 05/09/2012 9:32:41 PM PDT by Domangart
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To: dfwgator

Miley Cyrus ?


38 posted on 05/09/2012 10:41:44 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Domangart
i wish we could but we can't touch them let alone kill them and even if we could round them up, short of taking them back to northern canada they'd be back in no time...

a guy at marina got fined big time for poisoning a bunch of them cause they crap all over the boats in the marina

39 posted on 05/10/2012 4:52:40 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: nickcarraway

Take and hammer a decent steel stake in the ground, something sturdy, tie off about a hundred feet of Spectra fishing line, the stuff with about a 120lb breaking strain and very tough to cut.

Tie on the end very securely a ball of pork rind.

its an old story I heard that a duck cannot digest pork, it passes right through their system very quickly, and then another duck swallows the pork, and again, and again.

Set up these duck ropes and soon you will have the whole flock tied up...literally from beak to tail.


40 posted on 05/10/2012 4:58:32 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: Chode

Yep, that would be fun, but you’ll have goose shiite all over you!

JC


41 posted on 05/17/2012 8:42:33 PM PDT by cracker45
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To: nickcarraway
Ducks are like Chickens...

Never turn your back to them cause they will kill ya if they get their chance.

42 posted on 05/17/2012 8:44:44 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Chode
i do it next to the beach so it's usually into the water right after

they make a real mess of the picnic area

43 posted on 05/18/2012 4:27:26 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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