|Published:||May 21, 2010 9:55 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 21, 2010 9:53 PM EDT|
Collier County, Fla - Some lucky ducks are getting a second chance at life.
Domestic Animal Services euthanized several Muscovy ducks because they were becoming aggressive and a problem.
The ducks live near the pond at the Collier County Government Complex.
Outraged, a Pine Island woman spent the day rescuing these ducks.
The county is all too happy to help.
"It's an invasive exotic animal. It crowds out the native species and takes their food sources. Plus their aggressive," said Melissa Hennig, Environmental Specialist for Collier County.
Hennig knows first hand the damage Muscovy ducks do.
She said the ducks are becoming a pesky problem at the crowded government complex.
"They come up to people and hiss," she said.
She adds that they can be dirty and with the county health department a few feet away, it's not a good idea to have the ducks at this particular place.
So earlier this month, the county took action.
"It's illegal to relocate the ducks, which is why were humanely euthanizing them. That was our only option," said Hennig on why they couldn't move the ducks to a different area.
But euthanizing 5 ducks didn't go over well with the public.
"There was an outcry from the community," Hennig said.
Sally Ristau from Pine Island was one of the many who was angry.
Sally contacted the county and said she wanted to adopt the ducks.
It may be illegal for the county to relocate the ducks, but it's perfectly legal for people to adopt them as pets.
This way the ducks live in a controlled environment.
Sally has three acres of land and a pond at her Pine Island home.
"We definitely have a home for them," Sally told WINK News.
Friday morning and she and Melissa Hennig rounded up as many of the Muscovy ducks as they could catch, so Sally could take them home.
Saved are three adult ducks and two ducklings.
But there's still plenty of Muscovy ducks living at the pond.
Hennig is encouraging people to adopt these ducks for free.
This way they won't have to euthanize them.
To find out how you can help, call the county at 239-252-8380.