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    Ruddy Duck's Days Numbered

    NewsPoultry NewsTuesday 01 March 2011
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    The government orders a cull of ruddy ducks

    The ruddy duck, originally from North America and introduced to Britain in the 1940s, has seen its numbers cut to just 120 after a cull. Around 4400 ruddy ducks have been shot dead in the past five years. The RSPB claims the cull was justified as the ruddy ducks were a threat to the survival of other species. It has threatened the existence of the white-headed duck by interbreeding with it in Spain, leading to a call from the Spanish government for Britain’s help in culling it. The cull was carried out by DEFRA, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

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