Amended mo­tion ap­proved

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Mayor Kevin Lun­dri­gan also re­sponded to Farewell’s ques­tion.

“I think the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has been con­tacted many times on this is­sue,” he said. “They didn’t come back with any guide­line what­so­ever.”

In re­sponse, Farewell asked if there was any­thing fur­ther the town could do to find a so­lu­tion to the prob­lem with ducks.

“To me cap­ture and killing the ducks would have to be a last re­sort,” he said.

An­i­mal con­trol

Lun­dri­gan feels that the town has been try­ing to make peo­ple aware of the prob­lems that are be­ing caused by the ducks.

“I think we’ve posted enough posters out around there for peo­ple to stop feed­ing them,” he ex­plained. “The ducks are just mul­ti­ply­ing, they’re not get­ting any less, so what we’re go­ing to do about it I don’t know.”

Town po­si­tion clear

“We’re not vot­ing to cap­ture and kill the ducks at this point,” Evans clar­i­fied in re­sponse to the con­cerns raised by Farewell. “You can’t cap­ture and kill the ducks with­out a per­mit.”

Coun­cil said they hope the ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by the Cana­dian Wildlife Ser­vice will en­cour­age peo­ple to stop feed­ing the ducks.

Farewell asked that a mo­tion to be voted on by coun­cil to ap­ply for a per­mit from Cana­dian Wildlife Ser­vice be amended to re­flect that coun­cil seek fur­ther guid­ance on how to deal with the duck prob­lem

He said, “. . . we would get the per­mit, but also check once more in re­la­tion to the pro­vin­cial de­part­ment and any other de­part­ment that we can find both fed­er­ally and provin­cially — check with Ducks Un­lim­ited to see if killing the ducks can be avoided.”

It was also sug­gested that coun­cil check and see if re­lo­cat­ing the ducks to an­other area would be an op­tion.

Coun­cil voted in fa­vor of the amended mo­tion that coun­cil ap­ply for the per­mit, while fur­ther in­ves­ti­gat­ing other so­lu­tion to the duck prob­lem.

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