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Duck Invasion Terrorizes Newfoundland's Burin Peninsula

11/29/2014 10:49 EST | Updated 12/01/2014 01:59 EST
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Now this is what we call fowl play.

Mobs of ducks have made themselves at home in the small town of Burin, N.L., and a number of residents feel they've outlasted their welcome, CBC News reported Thursday.

At one point, the ducks were a pleasant spectacle in the tiny tourist town, but their numbers have grown, and they have been pestering residents, blocking traffic and harassing people for food.

"If I'm coming home with my groceries, they're looking in the bags," resident Kimberley Cross told the network.

"They're chasing me, looking in the bags, like, 'What do you got for me today?'"

Townspeople have approached the local council to tackle this feathering storm, The Southern Gazette reported.

Mayor Kevin Lundrigan thinks the birds have spread because people have been feeding them. They've even been seen knocking on people's doors with their beaks.

The council has asked staff to come up with some ideas for how to manage the population.

This isn't the first time that ducks have created such a nuisance in a small town.

In 2007, a large population of Muscovy ducks created issues in Kenneth City, Fla., leaving feces behind that created potential respiratory problems for some residents, TBN Weekly reported.

Muriel Whitman, the city's mayor, asked people to stop feeding them because the food was depriving them of "nutrients they need from a natural diet of bugs and pond algae," she told the news outlet.

"They are perfectly capable of feeding themselves," Whitman said.

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