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Knightdale Dilemma: Feathered Friends or Dirty Ducks?

Posted July 3, 2007

— Where there is water, there often are waterfowl.

And sometimes — as in Knightdale — people cry foul when waterfowl multiply, waddle across their yards and leave messes behind.

For every neighbor who doesn't like the ducks and geese, however, there's one who does.

Jesse Wiggins lives along in a little yellow house in Myrick Downs. It can be lonely, but he does have a large gaggle of friends to keep him company.

“I get along with them good. I think they're nice,” Wiggins said.

He affectionately calls the white ones "neck," but others call them pains in the neck.

“Well, the poop is very annoying. It's everywhere,” said resident Alex Scott.

Alex is 12, and she unofficially speaks for others who are reluctant to stick their necks out too far. As neighbors, they fear destroying the peace. And besides, fighting the flock has them pooped.

“It gets in your shoes and it's kind of nasty,” Alex said.

The disagreement is like throwing a stone in a pond. The complaints have rippled all the way to the town of Knightdale, which has no waterfowl ordinance. The only thing the town can do is suggest ways to get rid of the ducks — and maybe try to smooth some ruffled feathers.

“While sympathetic, we don't really have any enforcement power,” said Seth Lawless, assistant town manager.

Kim Trexler lives in the neighborhood, too.

“I'm sure the complaints are valid and they have their reasons for it, but I think overall, I find them to be relaxing,” Trexler said.

Ava Trexler is sure of her opinion.

“They're fun to play with,” she declared.

It's feed 'em or fight 'em, like 'em or hate 'em, sink or swim.


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  • PDMARTIN Jul 4, 2007

    Its amazing the things people complain about. So petty. I'd much rather have the ducks than some people I know.

  • none123 Jul 4, 2007


  • -info- Jul 4, 2007

    Heres a news flash,,,out in the country we have wildlife...I was raised here so I need to warn ya'll there are few ponds that dont have ducks or geese, cant think of a field without mice and ants are bad, deer run across roads and into buildings, rabbits frolick and make holes,bats like your attic, and raccoons like your garbage cans...good idea to get little dog, or move back to city where you can drive fast thru the neighborhood because the only thing you might hit is a group of teens out at 4am

  • North Carolina Native Jul 4, 2007

    i agree strolling... get a little dog. My little terriers favorite pastime in her younger days was keeping the ducks in the pond every waking hour.

  • strolling bones Jul 4, 2007

    People amaze me. Let's move to the country then complain about the wildlife. Sure geese and ducks cause a mess in a yard. Solution, small little dog that loves to chase geese and ducks.
    I do not see why people can not realize that once they move next to a pond they are going to have geese and ducks. O my yard has geese droppings, hello, yes it will have. Is that the biggest problem you have? If it is count your blessings and shut up.

    O yes the ducks are putting people in danger? Why dont you people move back to your condos without yards without these problems and leave the people who love the wildlife to co exist with them? No you want to make people do what you want. I am so sick of these migrants who move out of the city then want to bring the city with them. MOVE BACK TO THE CITY.

  • hated Jul 4, 2007

    i would much rather wait for a dumb duck to get out of the road than i would a group of arogant teens.

  • Nancy Jul 4, 2007

    If people did not like to be near waterfowl, then perhaps they ought to live where ponds and water are not nearby?

    Then of course, it is amusing to see those who complain the loudest are the ones who came second to the area.

  • ladyblue Jul 4, 2007

    ladibug- It is a dilemma after watching the video. What about the state level. Seems like someone could help relocated them to several of the lakes maybe. Catch with big nets. It seems like the town isn't equipped, but maybe the state wildlife can give assistance. I wish you luck and keep hollering at the dummies feeding them. If they get no food they'll move on.

  • blame everyone else Jul 4, 2007

    Knightdale can't even police its own town how is it going to police ducks. Quack.

  • Ladibug Jul 3, 2007

    ladyblue - not fussing at any individual and we're not the specific individuals that filed the complaint. Watch the video on the home page - small pond and have not counted each duck/geese, but if I had to estimate or guess - 20-30. I totally understand there are bigger problems in the world. This story is about a local problem which is serious and dangerous.