Officials feathers' ruffled over fowl-fouled lake - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Officials feathers' ruffled over fowl-fouled lake
















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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. - Fernan city officials say the docks on Fernan Lake are turning into an avian sewer because too many people are feeding the ducks.
     
Fernan Mayor Jim Elder says that the ducks are all staying in a concentrated area because they're being continuously fed. That means the animals' waste is also staying in one area, damaging water quality and causing a mess.
     
The city passed an ordinance to ban feeding wildlife more than a year ago, but Elder says the potential $300 fine has done little to stop would-be duck feeders. He told the Coeur d'Alene Press that as a result the number of ducks on the lake is exploding.

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