Dead Duck Mystery: Who Shot The Flock?

A worrisome mystery landed in a field behind a Sarpy County subdivision. The Nebraska Humane Society is investigating and residents hope answers can be found.

A flock of dead ducks was recovered at 159th and Giles near a dead end, but the Humane Society investigation won't stop there. “A little too suspicious,” said an animal control officer.

Humane Society officers recovered nearly a dozen duck carcasses from a grassy field that sits between Giles Road and a neighborhood where Bob Hlavac and family live. “I run my dog out there and usually it’s pretty safe, but when you find dead ducks it kind of makes you think, what's going on out there?”

A Game and Parks expert who viewed Fact Finders’ video identified at least two different species of ducks that can but usually don't fly together. The location of those duck carcasses might not seem unusual because that field is about a mile-and-a-half from Wehrspann Lake.

Hlavac is concerned about his dog and his daughter with dead game birds found so close to his house. "It would be nice to understand how they got there, yes.”

Duck season has long passed so it’s illegal to hunt and dump game birds. “Why would they do that?” asked Bob’s daughter. It’s a question game officers would like to ask of anyone who tossed the carcasses and ducked out. “It would be safe to know we don't have a bunch of people running through the back yard killing ducks and geese,” said Hlavac.

After closer examination, the Humane Society's Mark Langan told Fact Finders Wednesday all the ducks had been shot. Game and Parks officers will likely take over the investigation because it's considered poaching, which carries a stiff fine.

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