While fluffy ducks and geese may seem like the perfect pet, they are causing environmental problems at Bunbury’s Big Swamp.
Domestic ducks, geese and even goldfish have been dumped in the Big Swamp and resident David Addy said it was destroying the health and aesthetic value of the area.
“It destroys native bird breeds — we want to preserve the nature of the Big Swamp,” he said.
He said he had noticed three ducks dumped in the area last week and had previously seen goldfish in the water.
He said the problem had been ongoing for more than a decade.
City of Bunbury Environment officer Colin Spencer said the City continually monitored the swamp for domestic ducks.
“Animal dumping issues at Big Swamp are investigated where necessary,” he said.
“Domestic ducks and geese can compete with native water birds for territory and habitat, however the number of domestic ducks present at Big Swamp is unlikely to have a significant impact.”
Mr Spencer said people could face fines for dumping animals.
“Please do not dump unwanted ducks or geese in the Big Swamp or other wetlands,” Mr Spencer said.
He said pest animals were removed on a needs basis as resources allowed and the current signage warning against animal dumping was deemed adequate by the city.