A WLBT viewer called 3 On Your Side to express concerns about a certain species of ducks dying at the Crossgates Lake community in Brandon.
Betty Owens was frustrated after getting nowhere with officials. We checked it out. Crossgates Lake is home to a number of geese and duck species. It was clearly noticeable only one species, Muscovy ducks, were susceptible to a deadly plight.
We found a baby duck and female in a thicket. Owens says they had not moved or eaten since Saturday. Carcasses of young and adult ducks littered the shoreline.
The Crossgates resident said the problem started about one month ago. "We saw dead mother ducks with dead baby ducks, part of them were dead part alive. One had 13," said Owens. "There were probably 15 with another one and we probably seen 6 or 7 mother ducks with baby ducks around them."
Brandon Mayor Tim Coulter said a diagnostic laboratory tested one animal and discovered botulism. The Mayor says droppings of geese and other ducks is believed to be the culprit. Due to the drought, there has been no rain to cleanse the area.
Following our call to the USDA, officials said they will run tests. Last year, Brandon passed an ordinance against feeding wild ducks and geese.
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