Residents of one Texas city aren’t allowed to feed the ducks — but they can kill them.
The city of Pearland has been overrun by aggressive Muscovy ducks, known for their red faces, leading local leaders to inform the public that they can use deadly means to deal with the birds because they are an “invasive” species, according to a Tuesday public notice.
“Despite Pearland’s status as a bird sanctuary city, a federal control order against the Muscovy ducks supersedes the bird sanctuary ordinance, as well as other federal migratory bird statutes,” the notice says. “As such, the general public has the legal authority to address the ducks—including Muscovy duck nests, eggs, and hybrids—on their property, without the requirement of a permit.”
Officials emphasize that residents can only kill a bird if it is captured on their own property — and the animals cannot be kept, consumed or sold.
In Pearland city limits, it’s generally illegal to discharge a firearm — but if a duck is shot in an area where it is allowed, nontoxic shot or nontoxic bullets must be used.
“From the reports that we’ve heard, [the ducks] tend to be aggressive on properties and they push other species out and different things like that,” Joshua Lee, director of communications for the city of Pearland, told ABC 13. “The ducks can be destroyed by any legal manner, or presidents of HOA’s can contact agents.”
Some local residents told the station that they were unnerved at the idea of killing the ducks — and that some people are taking it too far.
“I just think they’re really cute and charming in the neighborhood,” Laurin Guadiana said. “It just makes me really sad because we have actually had some killings around here recently, like bad ones, where there were a bunch dead on that road over there.”
“I have seen some be aggressive,” neighbor Donna Landrum added. “But you know, I don’t really think we should be able to kill them.”
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