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Ducks vs. Horses at the Currituck Wildlife Refuge

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Posted at 7:49 PM, Nov 07, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-08 17:12:58-05

A fight is brewing on the Outer Banks at the Currituck Wildlife Refuge.

Ducks versus horses are battling over the same land.

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For five generations, the Corolla Wild Horses have roamed the banks of North Carolina.

They are considered a state treasure and people travel from all over the world to see them.

But now, their future is in jeopardy.

Inbreeding has plagued the herd for years, causing ailments that prevent the horses from eating, walking, and even growing to be a normal size.

So those who serve to protect these horses went to Congress to get a protection act passed in the House of Representatives.

But then came the attack of the ducks.

The biggest lobbying group for duck hunters in the nation is now calling for the bill's demise with the backing of local wildlife refuge managers.

So what is all the fuss about? Why can't all these animals share the land together?

A NewsChannel 3 investigation finds out why it’s either the ducks or the horses, tonight at six.