Penny Drake-Brockman <>
Wed, 27 Jun 2001 10:50:59 +1100
At 11:41 PM 26/06/2001 +0000, you wrote:
Does anybody konw of a juristiction in Australia where an
aggressive anti-feral duck policy is carried out, so I can use this
as an example in communication with the P & W Service, along with
the New Zealand example?
Circa 1989, the mallards and hybrid ducks at the Botanical Gardens
in Adelaide were destroyed.
There was an outcry when it became public knowledge after the job
had been done. Some people were indignant that the (already dead)
"poor ducks" were going to be given to the Zoo to feed their
animals. The ducks ended up being buried instead.
Unfortunately, that is the way it has to be done - kept quiet until
after the event and let the media storm pass over, which it does.
Then wait for the next influx of released fluffy ducklings from a
public that has got tired of them mucking up their nice clean patio
or muddying the neatly mown grass.
Another idea would be to only have neutered ducks on the ponds
.......... how does one neuter a duck? you can't rely on the hybrids
being neuter. It would give the kids something to feed all that
ghastly white bread to and satisfy those who do get a kick from
feeding the birds, although that has further problems when there is
too much thrown out, souring the water, etc. etc. etc. - and
encouraging the pigeons.
Seriously though the best solution is to get councils on side and
remove the ferals surreptitiously.
Penny Drake-Brockman, Examination Recitals Co-ordinator, Sydney
Conservatorium of Music.
Tel: 02 9351 1254.
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