Ducks and geese in a park are more then scenery. They add a touch of nature and character as the waddling beauty of those charismatic feathered guys parade about in search of someone who might be willing to share a bite of bread. Visitors, both children and adults, are entertained by feeding them and most wish they had more food with them to feed the hungry guys. For some people feeding the ducks and geese is the highlight of their day.
Many public city parks with water in the picture like Riverside Park in Texas welcome ducks and geese. Parks with water provide what ducks and geese love the most, a place to swim in and a source of food when visitors aren’t feeding. The ducks and geese of Riverside Park didn’t show up out of the blue. Locals in the community placed them in the park. They roam freely year round.
Although the ducks and geese reside in the park and aren’t out to get anyone several years back someone was out to get them. Many of the birds lost their lives to someone on a killing spree. Fortunately, the surviving birds had offspring and the ducks and geese of Riverside Park are doing well despite the vicious attack they once endured.
The park runs through Pecan Bayou so there’s plenty of water. Many people use Pecan Bayou as a place to fish, but no one uses it to swim in. There are pecan trees throughout the park, welcome shade in the summer, and a playground. Situated in Brown County, Pecan Bayou is also one of the big hot spots in its small town area.
While Riverside Parks birds aren’t migratory, but stationary there are many ducks and geese who are the opposite. They are migratory and they are the ones sport hunters get their thrill from. Licensed to kill, the hunters target the birds by baiting them with decoys and duck calls. Even banded birds aren’t safe. They get shot at, wounded or killed the same as other migratory ducks and geese. Tagged birds that hunters have shot down and killed are supposed to be reported to the local parks & wildlife department or the local game warden. The reason behind the reporting is so the parks & wildlife departments can track where the migratory birds are going.
It is beyond reasoning to think that all the birds gunned down are being eaten or frozen as meat. Many duck species are hunted for no purpose other then the thrill of hunting. Even duck like birds known as a coot such as the Mud Hen are killed for sport and not food. There have been hunters bragging over their kill of 14, sometimes more, birds blasted down in one day. When 14 plus birds are killed in one day its probably safe to say those birds died for sport and nothing more. From park to sport, ducks and geese are valued and then denied the right to live.