The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is looking into a report that a man deliberately ran over ducks at Cuddy Family Midtown Park in Anchorage Monday, leaving two of them dead.


Elizabeth Chang said she was enjoying the ducks gathered in the parking lot a little after 1 p.m. when she noticed a couple arguing. She said the man seemed particularly agitated. Chang said she watched as he put his foot on the gas and plowed through a large group of ducks.


“They were still screaming at each other, then the guy starts the car and it starts moving,” Chang said. “I hear him press the accelerator and I watch him accelerate and ram into all the ducks. It was really shocking!”


Chang said she believes the man did it on purpose because he was angry. She said it would be hard not to notice all the ducks in front of his car.


“He saw them,” she said. “They were moving out of the way and he just revved on the gas pedal.”


Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Andrea Medeiros confirmed the department is looking into it. She said the mallards are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.


She said a violation is considered a class B federal misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of $15,000 and up to six months in jail.


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