Dozens of quail released at Nassau County park to combat tick problem

NORTH HEMPSTEAD, Long Island (WABC) -- A Nassau County town is taking an all-natural approach to fighting ticks.

Officials in North Hempstead released the insects' natural enemy, dozens of Northern Bobwhite Quail, into the area.

The quail were raised at the Clark Botanic Garden this spring.

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Anyone visiting the Tri-State Area's bountiful shorelines have probably seen cordoned off areas of piping plovers, so as not to disturb bird breeding grounds.

They were then released at the Hempstead Harbor Trail on Sunday.

The goal is to use them to fight the growing tick problem without the use of pesticides.

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