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Yilan farmers hang ducks in attempt to protect crops

TAIPEI--Tourists visiting Sanxing Township in Yilan County have been horrified to see many wild ducks hung on local farms, but farmers said they simply want to scare away wild fowl that are eating their young crops.

Wild ducks roam untilled land in the township that is renowned for its fat, large green onions. From these natural "bases," they swoop into nearby farmland to feed on seedlings.

Farmers have been using firecrackers and scarecrows to drive the encroachers away but to no avail. Desperate for a solution, they turned to dead ducks, hanging them all around to warn living ducks not to destroy their crops anymore.

Some people have wondered if this method to fight off the intruders was working, fearing that tourists might be the ones scared away instead.

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