November 29, 2009
Weldon uncovers long lost
Albuquerque Journal Staff Writer
Officials say almost 2,000
migrating ducks have been wreaking havoc on the city's golf course for
the last few weeks.
Gary Littauer of the USDA
said in addition to the 40 domestic ducks that live in golf course ponds,
another 500 coots, 1,000 American widgeons and about 300-500 mallards
have taken up residence there.
"What they like is the
nice wet grass, and they take a beakful," said Dick Campbell, manager
of the Rio Rancho Golf and Country Club. "It passes through them
relatively quickly and they leave their droppings all over the greens."
Campbell called in the USDA
earlier this week and the agency has been using pyrotechnic techniques
to solve the problem.
"The (pyrotechnics are)
just fireworks devices that are launched into the air from a handn-=held
launcher, " Littauer said.
The devices make a screeching
noise and a loud bang.
"The strategy there is to harass the birds to the point that they don't want to live there anymore," Littauer said.
"With the migratory
birds, it tends to be effective."
If it doesn't work, the agency
plans to tranquilize the ducks and move them to nearby wildlife refuges.
"If we decide to do that, that will not happen until after the waterfowl hunting season- about Jan. 18," Littauer said.
Ducks, Take a Flight" reports on the "harassing" of ducks
at the Rio Rancho gold course "in order to make them leave."
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