Town of Burin exploring further options to deal with duck problem
Further talk of how to handle the duck problem in the town of Burin was the cause of a heated debate during a recent town council meeting on Tuesday, June 4.
During the public works committee report Councillor Marcus Evans told council the committee had been in contact with Isabelle Robichaud from the Canadian Wildlife Service for the Atlantic Region concerning the issue of the high number of ducks in town.
“The first thing she said in the letter is that people should be asked not to feed the ducks, and that is something that we need to try and publicize,” said Evans.
He added that Robichaud is a wildlife permits officer with the department.
“She advised us that we should communicate with members of the community that if they continue to be a problem, that we really don’t have an alternative other than capture and kill them (the ducks),” Evans explained. “Now if that step were to be taken, we would need a permit from the Canadian Wildlife Service.”
Evans added it was communicated to him by Robichaud that the ducks that are causing the issue in the town are not migratory birds, they are instead what is referred to as feral domestic ducks, but a permit is still required to capture the ducks.
The committee recommend that council apply for the permit in the event they go further in their efforts to control the number of ducks.
“We are not at that point yet,” said Evans, “but I think that we need to put a message on our Facebook page detailing the problems caused by feral domestic ducks and our desire that people should stop feeding them.”
Coun. Everett Farewell asked council why they felt the need to reach out to the federal department to seek advice, “I thought we had our own wildlife division within our own government?”
Evans explained that ducks are protected under federal government migratory birds legislation which is enforced by the Canadian Wildlife Service.
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The Burin Town Council split feathers on how to deal with an issue of overpopulation of ducks in the community.