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Ducks dying in Gulfport lake

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Tomlinson Park is not the same for the people who live around it and the ducks who live on it.

"It was depressing. You are walking around here and you see the ducks very happy to see you as a person coming by and saying hello and talking to them, and the next day -- it was a very depressing time," said Rick Castro.

Last week, seven ducks and a heron were found dead.

"One day I happened to notice an officer was out at the lake. I walked up and saw the poor duck floating in the lake," said Jayme Eisenhauer.

Jayme and her daughter Katelyn walk through here often. The ducks are part of their routine.

"It is a living creature. It is one of God's living creatures, so it is upsetting to us," she said.

Everyone wants to know what is happening. Some speculate recent spraying by the city for weeds and water lilies could be the cause. The Florida Fish and Wildlife isn't sure that is the case.

They are doing tests, but so far haven't figured it out.

"Not knowing why it is happening, what is happening is upsetting," said Eisenhauer.

City manager Jim O'Reiley said the city is working with the FWC and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. He said neighbors have been their best tip lines.

"We want them to keep us in the loop and tell us if something is amiss," he said.

The FWC urges anyone who spots a dead bird to report it on their website: http://legacy.myfwc.com/bird/default.asp

 

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