Death of a duck – by one of its own

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ON Monday, June 6, I witnessed yet another death of a Mallard duck, not at the hands of a person or an animal, but by one of their own kind a drake (male duck).

When a Mallard is ready for mating, there can be up to five or six drakes waiting to mate with her, and more often than not the Mallard drowns through exhaustion.

Sooner or later there won’t be any Mallards left. Something has to be done to reduce the number of drakes on the Pells Pond.

No Mallards, no ducklings. Perhaps the number of drakes could be reduced by trapping them, and moving them to another location.

Mick Sains,