The ducks hanging out at the state court house appear to like the warm pavement. They also appear to have been trained to approach people for food.
The most humane thing to do would be to kill the ducks, but I'm sure that it is not legal to do so in this circumstance. Had the ducks flown out of here when they should have, they could have been hunted legally, as soon as they get south of the city limits, but most ducks live to fly another day.
We have a strange set of inconsistent rules about wildlife in our society. Our notions of what is deemed appropriate regarding the treatment of wild animals are also inconsistent.
The ducks are hunted if they do what they are supposed to and fly south. But if they don't they are treated like semi-pets by people, which results in ducks ignoring the laws of nature. But they are not treated like real pets, except when people are handing them food, so they are left to fend for themselves.
These animals, and those downstream past the power plant, are in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Treating them this way is cruel.
The most inhumane thing is to do nothing and leave them sitting in the middle of the street, waiting to get run over.
I'm not advocating that anyone break the law. I'm just stating my opinion. If they are not killed, they should be deposited into the Chena River downstream from the power plant in the open water section of the Chena.
It's a waste of time to put them in the Chena right downtown, as the open water is fading fast. A narrow channel of open water is all that remains.
These ducks planted themselves in the middle of Lacey Street at about 4 p.m. Thursday. When I went to take a closer look they all came up to me, expecting to get food. When cars approached, they did not move.
They have been trained now to think that humans are their source of food.
I'm sure that the people who have chosen to feed them have good intentions, but the results are harmful to the ducks.
The video below shows what happens when someone walks up to the ducks. They head straight for you. I took the second video a couple of days ago on the Chena River near the pedestrian bridge. Notice how a duck flies toward the camera and the other walk towards the shore, expecting a meal.