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Ducks found shot to death at Roaring Spring pond
By: Maria Miller
ROARING SPRING, Pa. -- It's a natural spring pond that's always filled with fish and several species of ducks. With plenty of benches along the banks it's a popular spot for many in the Roaring Spring community, but recently the Pennsylvania Game Commission said someone has been killing the ducks.
Game commission officers said they've found metal and wooden darts scattered across Spring Dam Park in Roaring Spring and now they're on their own hunt to find a suspect.
Even while 6 News was at the park Thursday, there were still darts sticking out of the mud and dead ducks frozen to the ground. Officials said it's a senseless crime and it's becoming even more of a hazard to the community.
"We've been getting reports of ducks being found dead, ducks being shot with both arrows, target arrows that you use for target archery and blow gun darts, wooden darts and steel darts," said Albert Zellner, a wildlife officer with the game commission.
Officers believe the criminal activity has been going on for about two weeks but said they're finding more and more of the small darts as the snow melts and the ground begins to thaw. It's not just a hazard for the wildlife, but also for people in the community.
"What happens is they'll lay straight up out of the mud like and we have a lot of toddlers and youngsters down here that want to feed the ducks and look at the fish and that's a 4-inch piece of sharpened steel," Zellner said. "That's not what you need here."
Joseph Dively, of Roaring Spring, visits the park often and enjoys taking pictures of the ducks. He's an avid hunter himself but said there's a time and place to go duck hunting.
"There's a pile of people who like to come in here," Dively said. "It's a hot spot through the summer and even through the winter there's always someone here. There's a season for that and I don't think it's right what's going on," Dively said.
While the game commission tries to find out who would commit such a crime, they're reminding that anyone who illegally kills a wild animal can face a number of charges. In this there are also local ordinance violations and charges for discharging a weapon in a borough park.
"It's not a killing shot initially, it just wounds it," Zellner said. "The duck jumps in the water, he can't fly, he can't get away and he just ends up dying in the water. It's a slow and painful death."
Anyone with information on who is shooting the ducks should call the PA Game Commission or Roaring Spring Borough Police.