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10 Ducks Run down by Car Montery County CA.

Update on killer: as of Sep 15, 2005 killer is still at large.

Monterey County Herald
Posted on Sat, Aug. 13, 2005

Hunt on for killer of 10 ducks

Public adds to reward pot in carwash rampage


San Jose Mercury News

News of the intentional slaying of 10 ducks at a Campbell carwash fired up public passions Friday and inspired people to donate to a reward fund.

Campbell police spokesman Russ Patterson said investigators are following up several leads that have come in since news of the rampage broke Friday morning in the Mercury News.

On Thursday, police released grainy security-camera images of a car whose driver deliberately ran over the birds shortly after midnight a week ago in the parking lot of the Delta Queen Classic Car Wash. The ducks lived in a pond on the carwash property, descendants of a pair of birds that first made their home there more than 30 years ago. The birds have long been popular with employees, patrons and neighbors.

The Delta Queen started with an in-house reward fund of $200 for information leading to the capture and conviction of the driver, and now the reward is being made available to the public.

Beginning shortly after Friday's opening at the carwash, a steady trickle of people have contacted the company offering to kick in money.

''We had one guy offer to double what we already had,'' Delta Queen manager Mike Davis said. ''We've had quite a good response.''

By Friday afternoon, the fund had grown to more than $1,000. The Santa Clara County Crime Stoppers program also is offering $1,000, Patterson said.

Davis said donors who want to contribute to Delta Queen's reward fund can drop off contributions at the carwash, or mail them to the corporate office at Classic Car Wash, 871 E. Hamilton Ave., Campbell, CA 95008.

Several people e-mailed the Mercury News to inquire about donating to the Delta Queen fund.

''That is one of the things we were hoping for,'' Patterson said, ''that people would get interested and that a reward will grow and help us catch this guy.''

The incident moved people to act from as far away as Hawaii.

''Let me know if I can add some $$$ to the reward,'' Doug White of Hilo wrote in an e-mail.

''I was horrified by what I read this morning about this obviously disturbed jerk purposefully running over the little helpless ducks,'' wrote Sandy Bartmess. ''I work in the office complex right next door to this carwash, and it kinda hit a little closer for me.''

Bartmess suggested the killer might have been a recent customer of the Delta Queen. But Davis said he had checked the security tapes from the two days before the attack, and the car seen during the attack had not been to the carwash. Also, workers couldn't recall any angry customers in the days leading up to the incident.

Security cameras captured the massacre. The tapes showed a dark-haired man in his late teens or early 20s driving a red, late-'80s or early '90s Acura Integra, or a similar model. He repeatedly swerved toward and ran over groups of ducks during a 16-minute rampage. Several times, the man appeared to grab ducks by the throat and throw them into or against his car. He was wearing a black T-shirt and blue jeans.

The car has what appear to be vanity plates with four characters, a space and two more characters. Police said they don't believe they'll be able to enhance the image to identify the letters.

A small, rectangular sticker was visible on the bottom left corner of the rear window.
Campbell police community-service officer Paul Chamberlin, who has been assigned to the case, can be reached at (408) 866-2121.

More news stories on this:

Reward for Information on Killer of Ducks
Los Angeles Times, CA - 10 hours ago
About $8,500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the man who killed 10 ducks at a carwash near San Jose. Crime ...

Duck slayings stir outrage
San Jose Mercury News, United States - 6 hours ago
By Linda Goldston. The slaughter of 10 ducks at a Campbell carwash is touching even more hearts as the reward fund to find the killer neared $10,000 Monday. ...

$8,500 Raised To Find Duck Killer NBC

Reward up to $4,500 in killing of ducks at Campbell car wash San Francisco Chronicle

Caught On Tape: Car Wash Duck Killer

San Jose Mercury News - all 23 related

Hunt on for killer of 10 ducks
Monterey County Herald, CA - Aug 13, 2005
News of the intentional slaying of 10 ducks at a ... running over the little helpless ducks,'' wrote Sandy ... Bartmess suggested the killer might have been a recent ...

Duck massacre caught on videotape
San Francisco Chronicle, United States - Aug 13, 2005
... Rewinding the tape further, he discovered the killer driving a red, two- door ... a reward fund for information about the motorist who ran down 10 ducks early on ...

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558 ducklings escape crate at Toranto airport
Jul 14, 2005

When 558 ducklings were rescued by The Toronto Humane Society from an accident at Pearson International Airport, the shelter was quacking with excitement. A call went out to the public to help find homes for the little ducks and the response was phenomenal. 528 ducks were adopted to 22 homes from Barrie to Tweed. Thirty ducklings are thriving at the Toronto Island and High Park petting farms. These sweet little ducks are almost full size now and have grown into their beautiful white feathers.

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Oct 27, 2005


I went to a seminar tonight on Avian Flu given by Virologist Daniel R. Perez, PhD. Dr. Perez is one of the nations leading researchers in avian flu, and is currently spear-heading a far-reaching national study on interspecies transmission of the virus.

The summary of what I got out of the presentation was:

Migratory birds have always been the carriers of influenza. Influenza can be carried by birds but cant not survive in nature without a host. The main carriers currently is waterbirds, mostly waterfowl.

The Spanish flu in 1918 was caused by an avian strain of influenza and was devastating because there were no antibiotics or treatments at that time. 20,000,000 people died at that time. Many instances of flu pandemics have occurred over the years.

The reason for the more recent outbreak of avian flu strains is:

Loss of habitat, birds are losing their natural habitat so fast that they are overcrowding into natural areas and forced in urban areas. Concentrating diseases. (dont mess with mother nature!!)

Factory Type farms have created unsanitary conditions for birds. One bird is sick and they all get it because they have rows and rows of chickens pooping on top of chickens.

A vaccine was made for humans and the greed of the poultry industry used the vaccine on chickens until the point where the birds were immune and the virus mutated to form and even deadlier strain of influenza. Making it unusable in humans as well. (they have done this with enrofloaxin too)

The main carriers of avian flu now are turkeys, chickens and quail. Most of the disease is spread via fecal contact. The quail version is an airborne transmission. It is also found in water.

What can we do? Eventually the bird flu will make it to the US. The flyways for north America do overlap in places with the flyways in Asia. There is treatments for humans. The only way to stop the spread is to kill thousands and thousands of birds. They will literally go door to door looking for birds. There is a test they can do on your birds to see if they are infected.

This virus isn't really just a "bird" flu its been found in horses, dogs, cats, swine, birds and humans. Your boisecurity will play the biggest part of whether or not your birds are culled and whether you and your animals stay healthy. Always wash your hands before and after handling animals. If your working with birds, like me, wear gloves and a mask. Although the mask wont stop the transmission he reminds us that it does keep you from touching your nose or mouth. Do not wear shoes in one animals pen and track feces into another animals pen. ANY disinfectant will kill the virus. Wear rubber shoes and dip them in diluted bleach solution when you travel in and out of pens. This prevent transmission of many disease from animal to animal. So These are good rules to follow regardless of whether we have bird flu or not.

I made good notes but left them in the car, so if you have any questions I will try and answer them. God help us all that we never have to use this information!

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Cretaceous duck ruffles feathers

Ducks may have been paddling about in primeval swamps when T. rex was king of the dinosaurs, scientists have announced in the journal Nature.

Fossil remains of a bird that lived 70 million years ago appear to belong to a relative of modern ducks and geese.

The partial skeleton, discovered on Vega Island, western Antarctica, is likely to stir up controversy.

Many scientists believe modern bird lineages did not evolve until the end of the dinosaurs' reign.

Two camps

Although the first known primitive bird, Archaeopteryx, lived in the Jurassic Period 150 million years ago, researchers disagree over when modern birds made their first appearance.

One camp believes many modern bird lineages existed as long as 100 million years ago. According to this vision, familiar looking birds would have been running and flying about alongside dinosaurs.

In contrast, the other camp thinks that, although birds did exist during the Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods, they were largely wiped out by whatever killed the dinosaurs.

According to this theory, only a few lineages made it through the mass extinction and, subsequently, these lonely survivors blossomed into all the modern bird families we know today.

The fossil records so far support the latter version, known as the "big bang" theory of bird evolution.

But if the new find, known as Vegavis iaai, really is a relative of the duck, it would lend considerable weight to the idea that modern birds lived with dinosaurs and survived whatever catastrophe killed the "terrible lizards".

A team of scientists led by Dr Julia Clarke, from North Carolina State University, US, said Vegavis belonged to the waterfowl family and was "most closely related to Anatidae, which includes true ducks".

"Until now the fossil record has been ambiguous," added Dr Clarke. "But now we have a fossil which indicates that at least part of the diversification of living birds had begun before the extinction of non-avian dinosaurs."

Ancient chickens

If this species was a duck, and it did live in the Cretaceous Period, then other modern birds probably did, too.

"Chickens and their relatives belonged to the lineage that was closest to the duck lineage," Dr Clarke told the BBC News website.

Fossil bones, Julia Clarke
The researchers used a statistical analysis of certain bone features to identify the "duck"
"So if we had the duck lineage in the Cretaceous, the chicken lineage must have been present. Even though we don't have a chicken fossil yet, we know its lineage must have been there."

However Vegavis has not managed to convince supporters of the big bang theory of bird evolution.

"This is basically an unidentifiable bundle of bones," Alan Feduccia, a bird expert from the University of North Carolina, US, said.

"This is a well-known specimen that has been kicking around since 1992, and it was originally described as belonging to an extinct group. And now all of a sudden it's a modern duck."

Sensitive to change

Julia Clarke and her team used a statistical analysis of certain bone features to identify Vegavis as a member of the duck family - but Professor Feduccia is unmoved by the interpretation.

"The analysis is based on very superficial features of bones; so I find it unreliable."

Professor Feduccia is sure that bird species could not have survived a major global extinction en masse.

"Birds are very sensitive to any environmental disturbance - in fact, they are a good indicator of environmental problems.

"But these people don't believe whatever caused the mass extinction had any affect on the birds, and that seems ludicrous."

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Duck Hunter Or Savior
Oct 16, 2005


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CBS vidio:

Duck Hunter Or Savior?

MARYSVILLE, Calif., Sept. 13, 2005
Once they hatch, the ducklings grow quickly. Then Patrick Marman releases them in one of the Central Valley's remaining wetlands. (CBS)


"Just because we hunt does not mean we don't care about these animals, because we do."
Pat Marmon

(CBS) Over the past 13 summers, some 25,000 ducks have owed their lives to the efforts of one man.

CBS News Correspondent John Blackstone reports on efforts to save the lives of thousands of baby ducks and the unlikely hero who's leading the way duck rescuer and ranch manager Patrick Marman.

To thousands of baby ducks, ranch manager Marman is an improbable midwife.

"Just couldn't quite get his head unwound, but he's fine," said Marman as he helped a newborn duckling out of its shell.

After all, Marman is an enthusiastic duck hunter.

"Just because we hunt does not mean we don't care about these animals, because we do," he said.

In fact Marman spends much less time hunting ducks than he does rescuing them.

Ducks once had plenty of good places to live in California's Central Valley but with growing farms and subdivisions, 95 percent of the original wetlands here have disappeared.

With little other choice, ducks too often build their nests in farmer's fields. But few eggs survive once a harvester or a plough moves through.

That is, unless one of Marman's rescue teams has come through first to scare up ducks, revealing their threatened nests.

"I always look at it like Easter egg hunting," said Marman as he and the volunteers shooed ducks and looked for nests.

Sometimes they save hundreds of eggs in a single field.

Then in Marman's incubator, the miracle of life resumes.

Marman grabbed a bunch of just-hatched ducks among the shells, and lifted them out.

"These guys are pretty wet," he said.

Once they hatch, the ducklings grow quickly.

Blackstone asked Marman if he sometimes felt like a father or grandfather.

"It's kinda hard to say but, yeah, I feel like a parent," he said.

When they are almost ready to fly, Marman releases them in one of the Central Valley's remaining wetlands.

Of course, in hunting season, those wetlands are where the hunters go. But only about one in 10 of the rescued ducks is ever shot.

Pat Marman's goal is to give back to nature much more than he takes.

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Aug 13, 2005

Farm Animal Rescue Stories. Farm Animal of the Month: Dutch

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Each year, more than 8,000 metric tons of animal "waste products," including fatty acids, tallow, bone meal, and grease are processed at rendering plants across the United States. The animals sent to these plants to be processed are, of course, supposed to be dead before they are shipped. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

Dutch and his friends were found in the back of a rendering truck that was filled with the byproducts of thousands of dead ducks and headed for a processing plant. At the time of their rescue, the terrified and exhausted ducks were struggling desperately to keep their heads above the blood, manure, and other waste in the truck Even though they were undoubtedly frightened by the hands that reached into the truck to pick them up, Dutch and his friends barely resisted their rescuers at all. They seemed to have lost all hope and were too tired to put up much of a fight.

Happily, Dutch and his friends soon discovered that their rescuers meant them no harm. Even before they were driven through the front gate of our California Shelter, they knew they would be safe. Feeling kind hands on their bodies for perhaps the first time in their lives, they allowed themselves to be cleaned and examined in our treatment room, and then settled in to sleep on warm piles of clean straw. Bone tired and visibly relieved by the sight of their new, peaceful surroundings, it took only a matter of moments for each of the precious newcomers to doze off.

Here at Farm Sanctuary, Dutch and his friends recovered fully from their horrific ordeal. Here, they know they need never fear that they will be abused, undervalued, or tossed aside again. Surrounded by the love of a community that recognizes their inherent worth, they have nothing but long swims in our cool pond, lazy naps in the sun, and tender affection to look forward to.

Be an adoptive parent to Dutch today. sponsor his daily care.

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Environmentalist Laurie Levy


Laurie Levy is one of the great characters in the Australian Animal Rights Movement. He is the driving force behind The Coalition Against Duck-Shooting. This year, like all others since 1986, he will be back on the Wetlands of Victoria rescuing the water birds and putting fear into the shooters. We speak to the man himself.

(In case you didn't know, in the picture (right) Laurie is the one with the moustache, and not the one dressed like Rambo and holding a gun.)

Interviewed by Claudette Vaughan

Claudette: What's been happening this past year Laurie?

Laurie: Well when we first started the campaign there were 95,000 duck shooters in Victoria. That was in 1986. Last year at the opening of the 2001 duck-shooting season there were only about 3000 duck shooters out on Victoria's wetlands. Basically I would say that our campaign now is in the mopping up stage.

The opening of duck shooting season is not what it used to be. The majority of shooters now have gone -- only the hard-liners left and they know their days are numbered. It's just a matter of time before we get rid of them once and for all.

Claudette: Laurie where have these shooters gone to? Where are they focussing their energy now?

Laurie: What's happened over the past 15 to 17 years is there's been a major swing in public opinion whereabouts in the early eighties duck shooting was just something that was tolerated each year -- nobody really questioned it. Once we came along and with all the media publicity we've had over the past 17 years it is increasingly seen as an activity that is on the nose. Now it is viewed finally as an antisocial, male activity that is no longer acceptable to the community at large. Shooters have dropped out and I would say that is because there are a lot less shotguns out there than what was there before.

Claudette: How have your strategies changed over the years?

Laurie: Well I guess we've analysed our work constantly and been critical about it. We have analysed our interviews to see how we have been performing through the media, how our opponents have been performing through the media, how the media is handling the issue and we change our tactics to suit the prevailing conditions.

Of course right from the early days we've been successful. For example in 1990 the Victorian government introduced a water fowl identification test and in 1990 the Western Australian government banned recreational duck shooting. In 1993, what happened was the Victorian government introduced political legislation to clamp down on rescuers and the media by fining them for being on the Wetlands. In the past 8 or 9 years we've received in the order of $100,000 in fines. So we raise money each year to pay these fines for rescuers.

After the Port Arthur tragedy the Prime Minister banned semi-automatic weapons. About 75% of duck shooters use semi-automatics or pump-action shot guns. In 2001 we got lead-shot banned and that also helped reduce the number of shooters.

Public opinion is still our best and number one weapon.

Claudette: What advice do you have for our New Zealand readers where they still have a large duck-shooting season with only a few rescuers going out to help rescue the birds?

Laurie: When we first started, 15 rescuers went out against 95,000 shooters. The usual comment was how effective can 15 people be against 95,000 duck shooters? The important thing for anyone to remember -- anyone starting any issues when you are debating through the media it is not 15 against 95,000. It is one on one. It doesn't matter how much money your opponents have or how little you may have, it is who wins the debate. That's why having media there is so important.

The Duck Campaign was based on two images. One was the Duck Shooter dressed as a soldier in camouflage gear carrying a semi-automatic and shooting down small defenseless birds. The other image was of a rescuer coming out of the water with a rescued bird. Now that second image was one of kindness and compassion and that will always beat an act of violence every time.

Claudette: You put 100% into your campaigns even hiring planes to disperse the wetland birds before the shooters arrive. Is that correct?

Laurie: Yes it is. Every year we fly up on a Thursday before the opening and we move the so-called "game" species away. These tactics have always been effective and it upsets the shooters no end. They see it as a preemptive strike in their territory.

Claudette: You've been quoted as saying that the only danger on opening day is usually with shooters mistaking other shooters for birds and firing at them.

Laurie: It's important for rescuers to remember that they are entering a war zone and you've got to be very careful. Always wear white, bright or fluorescent clothing so you can be seen. It's important not to take any silly risks when out there.

Claudette: Are you still receiving that vicious anti-Semitic mail and phone calls that you used to get in duck shootings hey day?

Laurie: In the early days I used to receive a lot of death threats but these days shooters realise their recreational activity is coming to an end. I still get e-mails from American duck shooters via my web-site. Of course they get pretty upset as they really haven't been challenged in America yet as they have been in Australia. They don't like it one bit and it's always nice to upset them (laughter).

Claudette: Lastly, the Victorian government has agreed to fill the Wetlands this year for the 2002 season. What message do you think that is sending out Laurie?

Laurie: Victoria is in it's seventh year of a major drought. Even where we go to the Wetlands that area has had 100mm less rain than last year so what the government has done is help out the shooters and has artificially filled 3 or 4 Wetlands. That says to me that the government is obviously going to go ahead with a duck season in 2002. It'll be on the third weekend in March and we will need as many rescuers as possible if anybody wants to join our Rescue Team. That would be fantastic

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Geese Dumped at County Landfill

Geese Dumped at County Landfill
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January 15th, 2006 @ 9:39pm

John Hollenhorst reporting

As you can imagine, people dump all sorts of strange stuff at the county landfill. But what happens when they dump something out there that's alive and can bite you?

OK, it wasn't an alligator or a rabid dog. In fact, the animals we met at the landfill seemed sweet at first. We thought of naming them Goosey-Goosey and Gander, until they revealed their true nature.


That's right, geese.

At the county landfill.

Tim Edinger, Landfill Worker: "Come on. Come on. Let's get some wheat."

The workers here more or less adopted the birds three months ago after a customer dumped four of them.

Tim Edinger, Landfill Worker: "He never said a word. Just dropped them off and drove away."

Another customer took two geese home for pets.

Tim Edinger thought of calling the remaining two George and Ginger. But he wasn't sure of their orientation.

Tim Edinger, Landfill Worker:"Can you tell me if they're male or female?"

John Hollenhorst: "Have you seen them doing anything that might give us a clue?"

Tim Edinger, Landfill Worker: "No! Hah, hah."

Other dump customers dropped off wheat for them to eat. But they have a tendency to bite the hand that feeds them.

Tim Edinger, Landfill Worker: "Ouch! Quit it now. Be nice to me."

Sure, they look cute. But wait till you really get to know them. Maybe they should be called Ginger and Snap. One of them is always snapping at somebody.

Tim Edinger, Landfill Worker: "Ouch. This is, owww! Geeahh! Quit it now! This one's really getting mad at me."

Maybe the names should be Grumpy and Grouchy. They seem especially snippy with reporters.

John Hollenhorst: "Holy mackerel, get away!"

You've heard the expression, 'meaner than a junkyard dog?' Junkyard geese aren't so nice either.

Tim Edinger, Landfill Worker: "We're looking, you know, if somebody wants to give them a home, take these other two home, they're sure welcome to them."


We think one of them is actually sort of nice. The other one did most of the attacking. But landfill officials don't encourage dropping off animals. In fact, legally, they say it's "a huge No No".

They probably feel even stronger about it, now that they've met Grouchy and Grumpy.

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Lucky looking for more luck
Oct 19, 2005

Published: October 19, 2005 02:18 am

Lucky looking for more luck

By Carol Cole

Transcript Staff Writer

Lucky is looking for better luck on the second of his nine lives.

The black cat survived being shot through the head with an arrow last weekend near the corner of Denison Drive and Berry Road.

He looks a lot better today ... yesterday he looked like he had a hangover, said Norman veterinarian Dr. Nancy Harrington of All Pets Veterinary Clinic. Lucky still does not have an appetite, she said.

Harrington went on faith that the public would help the cats owner pay for Saturdays surgery and an overnight stay in an animal critical care hospital, which totaled $1,393.50. About three-fourths of that amount went for the surgery at the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Hospital in northwest Oklahoma City.

Lucky was transferred back to Harringtons clinic Sunday.

He was just so lucky. We X-rayed it and the arrow went right underneath the brain carriage just by a hair, she said, about when she first examined him.

After Lucky was injured, owner Lisa Swain told Harrington she would probably have to euthanize the cat because she and her husband couldnt afford the veterinary bills for the surgery.

I knew that that was the overriding factor, that they had no money, the veterinarian said. But when I saw the cat, the cat was in there fighting to survive and actually came home with that arrow stuck through his head.

Harrington said she thought to herself that it was not the cats fault.

So I tried to get it some help, she said.

Harrington canceled her morning appointments to treat the cat, make arrangements and report the crime to police.

She said Swain feels badly that the cat was outside. Lucky will be neutered and in the future will be kept in.

Her husband is extremely attached to the cat, Harrington said.

Lucky had some help from an anonymous benefactor, who put up the funds to guarantee payment for the surgery through Second Chance Animal Sanctuary, Normans no-kill animal shelter where Harrington was a founder. The benefactor will hopefully be paid back through donations, she said.

So we got that cat up there on that promise of payment and so now were just trying to see how much money we can collect in, Harrington said.

So far, thats about $100.

Weve had calls from as far as Texas, Harrington said. We had a little girl empty out her piggybank and bring it in a Ziploc bag. It was real cute.

She is hoping Lucky will be well enough to go home this weekend. The cat may have damage to his ear canal that may also need treatment in the future.

The owners have pledged to Harrington to work on paying a portion of the cats care.

The trauma of his injury is a good reason not to let a cat outside, Harrington said, particularly a black cat the month before Halloween.

It doesnt take very long (for a cat to get hurt), she said, noting the hazards of cars, disease, antifreeze and other dangers. Its tough, but we recommend they keep them indoors.

Donations to help with Luckys expenses may be made to All Pets Veterinary Clinic, 4603 W. Main St., Norman, OK 73072.

Carol Cole


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