Dead duck dump gets postie angry
A South Taranaki postie is outraged someone has dumped about two dozen duck carcasses on the side of a rural road.
Barry Hazeldine stumbled across the rotting mess while on his daily run and believed they were left in Kokiri Rd, near Okaiawa, just hours into the 2014 duck shooting season.
"I'm disgusted at the amount they have just thrown away," he said.
Hazeldine said he was always taught to take only what he needed.
"I think someone has gone out to see how many they could shoot and realised they had too many.
"There were two black swans but most of them were paradise ducks.
"Maybe they thought a hawk would take them."
Hazeldine said he understood the duck population needed to be controlled but it should be done in the proper way.
"It's an utter waste."
Taranaki Fish & Game agree.
Field officer Allen Stancliff said although it was relatively uncommon, whoever had dumped them would have known they were in the wrong.
"It's ridiculous really," he said. "What we want is for people to use the birds for food and dispose of the carcasses properly.
"Just to dump ducks really is committing an offence."
He said anyone who had seen similar dumping grounds needed to contact Fish & Game straight away.
"If we can find out who has dumped them we will certainly look to take action."
Taranaki Daily News