Belligerent birds chase people at central Florida park

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Officials say some out-of-control birds are chasing people and tying up traffic at a central Florida park.

Ducks, geese, ibis, seagulls and other birds that flock to the 30-acre Wells Park in Melbourne are losing their fear of people. This week, workers installed ‘Feeding Wildlife Prohibited’ signs.

City Manager Mike McNees told Florida Today three white geese when after him as he jogged in the park this week. He says he had a hard time scaring the birds off and fears an older person or a child may not be able to fight back.

Parks manager Steve Graham says people love to feed the ducks, but something has to be done.

Nearby resident Lynda Storer disagrees with the feeding crackdown. She says only the geese are aggressive.

 

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