Doomed Ducks in Ocala
Ocala city leaders have dealt with the issue for years, but last year an activist group took all the excess ducks to a private farm. However city officials say that's no longer a solution. The ducks will be poisoned.
The city's $8,000 remedy for removing excess ducks is creating a flap. The USDA's method, was approved by city council members on Tuesday, after animal activists said they'd save the ducks for free.
"It's a chemical that causes a nerve deterrent, actually breakS down the nervous system, they go into convulsions, they pick them up and then drive them around in a truck, in the heat, until they gather them all, then take them to a gas chamber," said Keith Belisle, President of Ocala Wildlife Sanctuary Inc. (OWLS Inc.).
The 1,800 acre marion county horse farm that took 400 of the city's nuisance ducks last year, will take more according to Belisle.
But city officials say, the old way isn't working and the new plan will keep parks disease free, human friendly, and allow for other species to thrive. However, that may include mosquitos.
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