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State Decides to Euthanize Ducks and Geese

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Published: Jul. 6, 2016 at 10:47 PM CDT
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The city of Odessa reached out to Texas Wildlife Services for help with a duck problem at Memorial Gardens Park.

The state said the only solution is to euthanize 90 of the most aggressive birds.

Tonight protesters gathered at the pond in an effort to save the ducks.

Cbs 7 spoke to some of the protesters about their concerns.

More than 20 people showed up to protest the decision to euthanize the ducks.

They carried signs and chanted "save the ducks and geese" but in the end the state plans to move forward with the euthanization.

"I'm very outraged about that. That makes me very upset," Crystael Wright said just before she joined the protest against the decision to euthanize a portion of the ducks and geese.

Now the fence is wrapped around the pond and the ducks are quarantined.

"If I got 12 kids [does that mean] I’m over populated and you can come and euthanize my kids because my yard’s over ran? Same concept. Every life matters," Jeremy Wright, animal activist, said.

The lives protesters are trying to save are the birds of the pond.

Crystael Wright and her husband, Jeremy, were among the protesters who were standing and holding signs at the duck pond Wednesday evening in an effort to stop the euthanization of the animals.

The city of Odessa gave CBS 7 a statement. The Director of Parks and Recreation, Steve Patton said, "with the overpopulation it's quick to note we have a health, safety hazard for the public."

The protesters want to see other methods used.

Crystael and her husband Jeremy agree with each other that relocating the birds is the best option.

However officials said these animals can no longer fend for themselves in the wild.

Once a week the Wrights visit the pond and feed the ducks.

CBS 7 asked them if the ducks ever posed a threat to them or their children. They both said no.

However the city and state are fed up with the mess the ducks and geese make. The city budgets $1,000 for clean-up at the park but have spent $6,000 since January on labor and equipment for clean-up.

According to Patton, the feces could produce E.coli and salmonella contamination but that’s not all.

"We have vermin problems out there. It's just one problem after another," Patton said.

A fence keeping the public from the pond is lined with people holding signs to save the ducks and cars that passed honked to show their support.

"There shouldn't be no reason why they can't stay," Jeremy Wright said.

The city of Odessa is depending on Texas Wildlife Service to handle the situation.

Their team will ultimately come in and euthanize the birds sometime this week.