Wednesday, April 8, 2009

FWC: Don't give ducklings as Easter presents

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issued a press release urging parents to consider buying a stuffed animal rather than a live duckling for Easter. In the release, the FWC waterfowl management coordinator Joe Benedict stated:
Although these ducklings might make nice pets while they're young, they can live 10 years and quickly outgrow the cute-and-fuzzy stage, leaving full-size droppings on your patio and outdoor furniture. When this happens, parents and children often grow tired of caring for them and decide to turn them loose into the wild.
By law, no one may possess, buy or sell mallards in Florida without a special permit from the FWC Releasing mallard ducks into the wild is illegal and damages the Florida mottled duck, a unique subspecies found only in peninsular Florida. Read the press release here. For more information on protecting Florida's mottled duck, check out the FWC's information page here.

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