City of Tuscaloosa plans to remove ducks from Forest Lake, residents have mixed opinions

( | Elizabeth Lane)

The ducks of Forest Lake in Tuscaloosa are a staple for some residents, while others feel they are a nuisance and want them gone.

Many are concerned the ducks and geese will be euthanized. City officials assured ABC 33/40 that the ducks would not be harmed in the process.

For many people living nearby, their memories of the ducks go back as long as they can remember.

"They're like a historical marker, I remember these ducks being here ever since I was little," Tuscaloosa Resident Angie Quilliams said.

Quilliams has fond memories of the ducks. She said they're a big part of Tuscaloosa, returning to the area even after being misplaced in the 2011 tornado.

"They came back and it was like a celebration," Quilliams said, "If you live on a lake, you've gotta expect to have birds and ducks and animals around you who are going to make a mess. If you don't like it, don't live on the lake."

District Two Councilwoman Raevan Howard said she liked the ducks too.

"I kind of felt like, 'Oh no, this is not what I want to do or think about doing, having the ducks removed,'" Howard said.

But after doing her own research, Howard said she can't ignore complaints from people living near the lake.

"I absolutely could empathize and sympathize with the residents that live there, because I saw for myself the issues they were having with the ducks."

The City hasn't given a date on when the ducks and geese will be removed from Forest Lake. They expect too have the animals in a new habitat by the end of June.

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