Feeding Frenzy

Explosion In Duck Population Prompts ‘No Feeding’ Campaign

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Posted: November 10, 2012

Dozens of ducks gather on Blacks Run in downtown Harrisonburg on Friday. City and wildlife officials are asking people to stop feeding the ducks and other wildlife. They cite the explosive growth of the local duck population — plus the long-term harm feeding can cause the animals. (Photos by Nikki Fox)
This young couple was enjoying a balmy November day on Friday in Blacks Run in downtown Harrisonburg. They weren’t the only ones. Scores of ducks are regularly seen in and around the city’s waterways, in part, officials say, because of the lure of food provided by humans.

HARRISONBURG - When it comes to the behavior of some of its residents, the city is crying fowl.

An overpopulation of waterfowl has formed along Blacks Run because people are feeding the…



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