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Pet ducks shot, missing

Someone allegedly attacked and stole a flock of Muscovy ducks at a Mehama family’s property and the owner is offering a $1,000 reward for suspect information.

Randy Dixon Rivera announced on Facebook Oct. 23 he returned that day to his residence off Ferry Road and found two ducks shot in the head and six others missing.

He told The Canyon Weekly the suspect(s) likely planned ahead because the ducks were not small, weighing around 15 lbs each.

Muscovy ducks are the largest ducks in North America and are known for their bright red faces and friendly demeanor toward humans, according to allaboutbirds.org.

Dixon Rivera said the animals were family pets and he hopes someone in the area knows something and is willing to come forward. The $1,000 reward is for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever is involved.

Dixon Rivera said the incident has been reported to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office did not return a request for comment prior to deadline regarding any leads or if any similar livestock-related offenses have occurred recently.

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