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Duck controversy hits Citrus Co. neighborhood

Homosassa, Florida -- A neighborhood in Citrus County has a duck controversy on their hands regarding a population of Muscovy ducks. The neighborhood association voted last month to have the ducks removed, but it's still unclear how the ducks will be dealt with.

For the Meadows community in Homosassa, bird life is not uncommon, but there is a potential problem percolating on Pelican Lane.

"They don't bother you," says Lisa Cocuzza who has lived in the Meadows for nine years and loves her feathered friends.

"It's just nice to have them here," she says. "There is other wildlife here so the combination of the ducks and the other wildlife is beautiful."

However, not all of the residents share the same thoughts about the misunderstood Muscovy's.

"I don't like them at all," says one resident.

"I like the ducks. I mean, I don't mind them," says another. 

"We just have not got an answer from the association and that's what's most frustrating," says Cocuzza.

After several attempts to speak with board members of the homeowners association here at the Meadows without any luck, 10 News did learn the board is looking to enter a contract with a trapper and residents here know that usually means one thing.

"We would have to euthanize the animals one at a time and that usually involves a gun," says trapper Adam Gispon.

Gispon has been trapping his whole life and says he would never take a contract for euthanizing an animal without cause. The only other option is relocation.

"It's hard to find somebody with 40 acres that's going to allow us to release Muscovy ducks on a pond," he says.

"I don't want them to euthanize them, but I definitely want them gone," says one resident.

"I'd like to see this end with the ducks staying here in the Meadows," says Cocuzza.

So for now, duck lover Lisa Cocuzza and residents that don't want the ducks can agree they don't want the Meadows Muscovy ducks killed. 

"We just need to sit down get together and say, 'Hey, we're going to control this thing humanly,' " says Cocuzza.

Residents have been in contact with an animal rights group that is willing to train residents on how to manage the duck population by instituting an egg removal plan.