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Park board blasted over euthanizing geese



Published: Mon, July 14, 2014 @ 7:45 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN

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.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Vindicator or vindy.com


Comments

1jfgiancola(157 comments)posted 2 months, 1 week ago

We don't have to hunt for food anymore. Why couldn't the geese have been relocated? As far as the feeding goes, I agree, they shouldn't be fed but it seems today people are just ignorant and don't read signs or if they do they just don't care to follow directions.

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2chantilly58(4 comments)posted 1 month, 1 week ago

MILL CREEK PARK GEESE KILL: PARK BOARD's "FINAL SOLUTION"
Mahoning Co. taxpayers support the Metro Parks and should have a voice in Mill Creek Park board decisions and how the park is operated.
I am calling for the park director to resign and step down after the merciless and cruel extermination of a large group of Canadian geese and their helpless goslings. The geese could have been relocated and Pymatuning state park would have accepted their relocation.
This is simply "Nazi-ism" and no different then leading helpless victims to the gas chambers. There is no place for the Nazi mentality of the park board to determine their own final solution for these poor helpless geese.
Serial killers like Dahmer, Bundy, and other mass murderers also started out this way, through the killing and torture of helpless animals, and this sets a really fine public example for our children.
Don't you dare misuse our taxpayer monies to support your sick, secretive park board decisions again!!
To those who can't stand to be around animals or wildlife in the park-as the saying goes, "America, love it or leave it"..

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