PA Game Commission says ducks killed with darts at popular pond

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission says someone is killing ducks with blow-gun darts at a popular Blair County pond.

WJAC-TV reports the mysterious killings have been going on for about two weeks at Spring Dam Park in Roaring Spring.

Albert Zellner, a commission wildlife officer, said the ducks are being shot with target arrows and blow-gun darts, some of which are four inches long and made of sharpened steel.

Zellner said that's not only a cruel and illegal way to kill the birds, but a hazard to small children who visit the pond to feed the ducks. Some of the darts have been found sticking up out of the muddy bank as temperatures rise.