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Practice of abandoning domestic geese and ducks at parks ruffles some feathers

By Monique Balas
The Oregonian

Some area wildlife experts are calling foul on a common springtime practice: purchasing domestic baby ducks or geese and then releasing them at public parks after realizing how hard they are to handle.

Some area wildlife experts are calling foul on a common springtime practice: purchasing domestic baby ducks or geese and then releasing them at public parks after realizing how hard they are to handle.

Not only does it harm the environment and take away resources from native waterfowl, the practice is tantamount to a death sentence for the domestic animals.

"They don't have all the skills to do all the things they need to do as far as migration, mates and potential conflicts with other birds," says Pete Porath, an employee at Urban Farm Store who also runs hatchling wholesale operation Oregon Peeps.

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