“This is not just regular duck. This is an infestation, they come by the thousands.”

That is the defense of Lloyd “Chip” Badeaux, a city councilman in Thibodaux, Louisiana, for killing 48 whistling-ducks at a friend’s house. State law allows 6 dead ducks per day. Badeaux, who claims to never have violated hunting laws before this incident, faces up to six months in jail and a fine of $15,000.

I’ll bet they either decline to prosecute or let him off with a slap on the wrist.

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy, their son, Desmond Shearwater, and their indoor cat, B.B. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.