In addition to our three rescue dogs, we have several mallards in the family.  They've all been doing great. That is, up until a few weeks ago, when I heard two gun shots, and saw lots of birds immediately taking flight.  A friend reported that two high school age kids were in camo gear in the creek with shotguns.  Jeeze!  (There's a neighborhood on each side of the creek!)  They must be good shots because they got two of my sic ducks.  Since then two more are missing, down to these two now.  Between local idiots, a red fox, turtles (a neighbor saw a turtle take one down one last summer), and I have a feeling even some of these big catfish,  it's amazing they've lasted as long as they have.  

Robin Wade