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ODNR to Mill Creek: Step up geese enforcement or no killing permits in 2015



Published: Fri, July 4, 2014 @ 10:55 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN

Mill Creek MetroParks must step up enforcement of the park rule against feeding geese or the state won’t issue additional permits for roundup and euthanasia of the waterfowl.

That condition was attached to the permit the park system sought, and the state issued, for the June 26 roundup, in which the U.S. Department of Agriculture euthanized 238 geese at Mill Creek Park’s Lily Pond, Lake Glacier and Newport Wetlands.

It was the first goose roundup and euthanasia in Mill Creek Park’s 123-year history, said Samantha L. Villella, MetroParks community engagement director.

USDA said it is charging the MetroParks $2,283 for the costs of the roundup and killing of the geese.

“The goose-roundup permit is approved with the understanding that enforcement will occur at a much higher level than current to stop the feeding of geese within the Mill Creek MetroPark system,” wrote Laura Graber, Ohio Department of Natural Resources wildlife research technician, on the document authorizing the permit’s issuance.

“No permits will be approved if this is not followed in 2015,” Graber added.

Park policy bans feeding wildlife, including waterfowl, with the exception of placement of seed or suet at song bird feeders.

Park police will continue to enforce that rule, Villella said. Violators face fines of up to $150 for the first offense and up to $500 for subsequent offenses.

Read more about the matter in Saturday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.


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1atownreader(34 comments)posted 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I live about a mile from MCP and have a natural lake behind my house. Geese are a big problem in my neighborhood also. No one feeds them, but they flourish anyway. Right now I can see dozens of them on my neighbor's back lawn. How can you enforce the feeding ban and blame the park when the park is not the only area of trouble?

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2papa1(662 comments)posted 2 months, 2 weeks ago

a-hole from hubbard, you must be one of those heroes who sit in a tree stand waiting for a deer to come by so you can blow it away. and you call it hunting. you're not a hunter, you're just a moron who enjoys killing defenseless animals.

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3Education_Voter(858 comments)posted 2 months, 2 weeks ago

In other words, you can't hunt the resident geese, because they've grown so fat and lazy that you can't get them to lift up into the sky for more than a few yards. (outside of molting season)

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4danny347(10 comments)posted 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I am happy that the park police will now be enforcing the do not feed law. I have been by the Lilly Pond many times and witnessed menu people standing next to the "Do Not Feed" sign and about 100 geese gathered around them. They are usually feeding them white bread which is unhealthy for the geese. It is never a good idea to feed wild animals.

It is too bad that these animals have to be euthenized but without natural predators there is no other solution that I am aware of.

For the person who says that have a problem with too many geese on private property I think you can call the local wildlife officer and they might have a solution for this problem.

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5lbf(145 comments)posted 2 months, 1 week ago

http://www.vindy.com/weblogs/brain-fo...
Youngstown Makes Another List

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6danny347(10 comments)posted 2 months, 1 week ago

I was wondering why so much of the corporate media was giving so much time to this story. Usually MillCreek Park tries to stay under the radar when they do these things.

It appears it is a diversion. They don't want us to know that Sunoco is going to run a pipeline across the park. Then there is the experimental farm that is probably growing GMO crops that poison us, the soil and the bees.

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