More on Those Pesky Whistling Ducks at Texas RV Park

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November 30, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Click here to watch a video, courtesy of KRGV-TV, Rio Grand Valley, Texas, about the following story.

It seems some local wildlife is ruffling some feathers for some Harlingen RV residents.

A huge number of black-bellied whistling ducks have found a new home at a pond in Lakewood Village. Residents living there say they've always enjoyed having ducks in the artificial pound.

The Texas drought lured the birds to the area to get a drink of fresh water. Residents say they see more than 200 of the ducks on a daily basis. Winter Texan Ted Kogler says they are now concerned the bird droppings could cause some health problems.

“I can only chase them off to go back to the water, but they don't stay in the water that much. Look at over there! There are so many of them,” says Kogler.

The birds are protected by the federal Lacey Act. So all Harlingen Animal Control and local wildlife officials can do is chase them away. Residents are being urged to take precautions when coming in contact with duck feces because they can cause a number of health problems, including lung infections.

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