Hundreds of Ducks to be Euthanized?
A popular park in Ocala may be losing hundreds of it's best known residents in upcoming months.
But it's not a choice they've got any say in.
Ocala Parks and Recreation workers say there is a strong chance they will have to euthanize between 200 and 250 Muscovy ducks as part of an effort to clean up Tuscawilla Park and bring native ducks back to the area.
City officials say the Muscovy duck population has spiraled out of control.
The birds first came to Florida hundreds of years ago from South America as a food source, and now officials say they're ruining the natural habitats they take over.
Julie Johnson with Ocala Parks and Recreation says,
"They make a mess of the natural habitat for the native wildlife, they take their food, they make a mess in the park, they're overpopulated."
It's because of state law that Florida Fish and Wildlife officials say the ducks can't be transported.
The only legal alternative to euthanizing the ducks, is to put them in an enclosed area where they can not get out.
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