More than 60 ducks
were relocated from a neighborhood in Louisiana
, according to officials, after residents complained about the birds
overrunning their properties and following pedestrians.
Residents of the Summa Court neighborhood in East Baton Rouge Parish reported that what began as a small population of ducks quickly grew to more than 60, and the water
fowl became a nuisance.
"We won't even be able to open our blinds because the ducks will be there; if they hear a blind go up or the door jiggle, they'll fly up," Jennifer Richardson told WBRZ-TV.
Animal lovers who heard about the duck problem began visiting the area this week to adopt some of the flock, according to neighbors.
Parish employees went to the neighborhood on Thursday and relocated the remaining animals
, about a dozen ducks, to an Ascension pond where the property owner had agreed to let the birds live.
According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife
and Fisheries, the state has a large duck population because the birds winter and breed in the state.
"Waterfowl populations are highly dynamic; they change from year to year as a result of changing hydrology and land uses, which affect habitat quality in both breeding and wintering areas," according to the department's website.