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Starving ducks jump into Lake Michigan for food after ice breaking

Male and female Mallard ducks. (Photo from: By Fcb981 (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons)
Male and female Mallard ducks. (Photo from: By Fcb981 (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons)

MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - Starving ducks are once again jumping into Lake Michigan at Manitowoc to look for food.

That's after a trawler was used to break up ice on the harbors at Manitowoc and nearby Two Rivers.

The cold winter has caused larger than normal ice buildups. It's preventing ducks that don't migrate south from reaching the food they normally rely upon.

Animal rehab clinics are treating a larger than normal number of malnourished ducks this winter.

Conservationist Tom Kocourek said enough was enough. He called a marine contractor which broke up the ice in the harbors.

Mike LeClair, who runs a fish company in Two Rivers, said they had to do something.

Jim Knickelbine of the Woodland Dunes Nature Center in Two Rivers tells the Manitowoc Herald-Times Reporter he was, "blown away" by the effort. He said it reflects "good things about the community."

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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