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Spokane Parks: Don't abandon Easter pets in city park ponds

Courtesy: Spokane Parks and Recreation Dept. Courtesy: Spokane Parks and Recreation Dept.

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Parks and Recreation Department is asking people not to take unwanted pet ducks and chickens to city park ponds or grounds.  This time of year ducklings and chicks are popular gifts for children but according to the Parks Dept., they sometimes end up as residents at city parks.

In a news release issued Monday morning a city spokesperson says, "chicks grow up to be chickens and ducklings grow into ducks, and soon even the kids, let alone (parents) grow tired of taking care of live animals."   The release goes on to say that the department is working hard to manage waterfowl populations at park ponds to improve water quality and to sustain a fun and safe environment for park users.

The Parks and Rec. Department would also like to remind people to not feed ducks at parks because food handouts often result in "large numbers of birds competing for very limited food supplies in small, concentrated areas."  They say that increases the ducks' susceptibility to disease which can potentially spread to humans.

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