The Mill Creek MetroParks Board of Commissioners got an earful of comments this evening about the controversial roundup and euthanasia of geese in Mill Creek Park, with the comments running overwhelmingly against the killing of the geese.
It was the board’s first meeting since the June 26 roundup, in which kayakers herded geese ashore, where they were fenced in and euthanized with carbon dioxide gas in a trailer-mounted chamber.
“Dennis, the board and myself are truly saddened by the fact that we had no choice but to euthanize these geese,” said Louis Schiavoni, chairman of the board, referring to Dennis Miller, MetroParks executive director. “As difficult as this decision was, we truly believe it was necessary,” he added.
Schiavoni said goose droppings had created unpleasant conditions at the Newport Wetlands and ruined newly-planted vegetation and polluted the water at the Lily Pond, that the public had continued to feed the geese despite signs prohibiting the feeding of wildlife, and that geese had sometimes become aggressive.
“For every perceived wildlife conflict, there is a humane solution, and what you folks did was not humane,” protested Nancy Borowski, who spoke during public comment at the park board meeting, which drew a crowd of more than 100.
“As far as that Lily Pond, when you put all those thousands of dollars in planting and stuff, that was poor planning. What did you think the geese were going to do? They eat vegetation,” she added.
Under a permit sought by the MetroParks and issued by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Department of Agriculture euthanized a total of 238 geese at the Lily Pond, Lake Glacier and Newport Wetlands.
It was the first roundup and euthanasia of geese in the park’s 123-year history.
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