Ducks in Idaho found with blow darts in bodies, head

MERIDIAN, Idaho (KBOI) - A group of ducks in Meridian have been targeted by someone with a blow dart gun.

Several ducks have been spotted with blow darts in their bodies including one that had a dart through its head. A Meridian woman told KBOI 2News that she's called police, but was told they couldn't do anything unless the shooter was caught in the act.

"It's just sickening to see the animals injured and not able to do anything about it," said Sandie Rodgers, who feeds the ducks. "It's a terrible helpless feeling."

Rodgers says some animal organizations have offered to take the darts out, but that she would have to catch the ducks and bring them in -- something she's been unable to do.

It's unclear whether the shooter is located in Meridian because Rodgers says she received a call from a man in Eagle who has also seen several ducks shot near him as well.

"It's one thing to hunt ducks, this is pure evil. (Responsible) hunters don't do this," Tom wrote on the KBOI Facebook page. "This is nothing but animal cruelty and should be punished as such."

Idaho Fish and Game says using blow darts or a dart gun is not a legal method of hunting in the state and is considered poaching. Fish and Game compared the illegal method as if you were hunting by running over animals with your car.

Fish and Game says if anyone has any information they would like to know about it so they can investigate and charge the person.