Decrease in duck population at Girard Park - KLFY News 10

Decrease in duck population at Girard Park

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Ducks in Girard Park have always been a favorite of visitors, but concern is mounting over the dramatic decrease in population at the park. There were many questions as to why there were "traps" at Girard Park.

Parks and Recreation Director, Gerald Boudreaux, said that it's not what it seems. "They were holding cages, we have allowed people to relocate those ducks to some of our other facilities such as ponds and lakes in our area." said Boudreaux.

These cages were only used to move the ducks to other locations, and according to Boudreaux, none of the ducks were harmed during the process. It was only necessary for them to be relocated due to overpopulation in the park since the park does not have enough acreage to be home to so many.

With more than 300 ducks in the area before relocating them, the move was especially needed during construction.

"It's a little bit more manageable with the population down, but as the spring rolls in we are going to reproduce more and there will be more ducks here in the park," said Boudreaux. Despite the reduction in population, Girard Park still has over 150 ducks. This is good news for park goers who often go just to feed them.

"We love to come because my son, Remy, loves to swing and play on the playground. It is also our favorite place to come feed the ducks," said Mrs. Albert. Albert like so many others in Acadiana frequently visit the park for the same reasons. While park visitors are still able to feed the ducks, certain sections are not fully accessible during construction.

"There are areas that visitors should not be in, but they have crossed over. We are trying to manage that also," said Boudreaux. Construction has been an on-going project at Girard Park for about eight months now. Boudreaux said he hopes the park will continue to be a favorite place for visitors.

"Once construction is over with, it will be something we will all be proud of and Girard Park will remain one of our most popular parks in our system," said Boudreaux.

Construction is expected be completed by May at the latest.

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