Quack­ing up

Town of Burin ex­plor­ing fur­ther op­tions to deal with duck prob­lem

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY COLIN FAR­RELL BURIN, N.L.

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.”

Ques­tions ef­forts

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.

See AMENDED, page 3

FILE PHOTO

The Burin Town Coun­cil split feath­ers on how to deal with an is­sue of over­pop­u­la­tion of ducks in the com­mu­nity.

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