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.
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