SPOKANE - It was the day of the duck roundup in Manito Park, a key step toward cleanup of a pond fouled because of excessive popularity among fowl and humans.

Forty tame, domesticated ducks were placed in boxes and cages Thursday to be taken by people who had agreed to adopt them and place them in private areas protected from predators.

"They are definitely going to be my babies," said Melissa Howard of nearby Worley, Idaho, as she and her husband Warren loaded 14 ducks into the back of their pickup.

Earlier in the month grain was put inside wire pens to attract ducks, and on Thursday park workers and employees closed the pens. The ducks were then sorted so domesticated and mixed-breed foul could be removed.

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