OCALA, Fla. (AP) — The city of Ocala has received a federal permit that allows the city to move the prolific Muscovy ducks that have plagued city parks to another location.
The Ocala Star-Banner reports that the city received the permit Tuesday.
The ducks are non-native to Florida and are prohibited by federal law from being moved. The federal permit allows for their relocation to a secure location to a place they can’t escape.
City officials say the cost to trap and transport the ducks is about $4,500. The estimated number of Muscovy ducks at four parks is between 107 and 130.
A College of Central Florida student has pledged to raise the money to move the ducks to save them from being killed.
Source: Ocala Star-Banner, Associated Press