Amended motion approved
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.
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.