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238 geese, goslings killed in today's euthanasia effort in Mill Creek

Published: Thu, June 26, 2014 @ 10:55 p.m.


Two-hundred thirty-eight geese and goslings were herded into a chamber and euthanized with carbon dioxide Thursday morning at Mill Creek Park’s Lake Glacier, Lily Pond and Newport Wetlands, a U.S. Department of Agriculture official said.

The final tally came from John Paul Seman, the USDA’s Poland-based assistant district supervisor, who said the carcasses will be dumped in a landfill.

The Mill Creek Park roundup was conducted by the USDA under an Ohio Department of Natural Resources permit.

“They got more today than what I originally expected,” which was about 75, said Laura Graber, the Akron-based ODNR wildlife research technician who issued the roundup and euthanasia permit.

“The month of June is the only time we permit roundups,” Graber said.

She noted that this is the time when the birds are easiest to catch because goslings aren’t sufficiently developed to fly and adult birds also can’t fly because they are molting.

Park officials were fielding numerous telephone calls Thursday, with callers expressing both pro- and anti-roundup sentiments, Villella said.

Villella said she did not know why park officials did not conduct a public hearing on wildlife management options before Thursday’s roundup.

The next meeting of the park commissioners will be at 6 p.m. July 14 at Fellows Riverside Gardens.


1walter_sobchak(2418 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Guaranteed the next meeting of the commissioners will be a circus. I'm glad they didn't shoot the birds since there may have been return fire from the adjacent neighborhood.

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2jfgiancola(174 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Since the geese were rounded up why couldn't they have been relocated instead of slaughtered.? Perhaps this practice should be used on the scum that inhabits this city instead of creatures whose only fault was to choose to locate here.

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3Roger_Thornhill(971 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

The people who run Mill Creek Park SUCK.

All they had to do was shake the eggs and the baby geese would not have been born. Or they could have replaced them with artificial eggs.

This way the geese #'s would have been lower and the excuse to kill them would not exist. However, the people at the park were evidently too lazy to do that.

And the nonsense about blaming the people who feed the geese is a load of crap. If it is so important that people not feed them, have the park police do something.

I absolutely will never vote for another one of their levies again.

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4Roger_Thornhill(971 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

"Villella said she did not know why park officials did not conduct a public hearing on wildlife management options before Thursday’s roundup. "

Yes she does. It is because people would have opposed this. These people are horrible. Vote no on all of their levies.

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5handymandave(564 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

The commenter above wanted those birds to be relocated when in fact they were. To bird heaven.

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6Education_Voter(1014 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

I thank the Park for having the courage to address this problem, if only on the north side of the park.

One of the goose supporters actually said those @#%$ children who because of geese, cannot not use the park facilities or schoolyards near the park should go somewhere else...preferably hell. Really? We have built a multi-million dollar park for a geese sanctuary?

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7Roger_Thornhill(971 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Typical poor planning by Mill Creek Park people.

If the park officials had done any type of preplanning they could have prevented the problem from happening in the first place.

Same bunch who paid the director $100k when he was leaving.

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8James_S(268 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

Blame it on the geese.
Pitbulls in Youngstown and now geese in Mill Creek Park.
The ODNR set tougher standards and linked the Poland quakes to fracking- a wise move IMHO.
But now to vent their frustrations out on geese?

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9lbf(193 comments)posted 1 year, 5 months ago

listen today and next week as we address this w/guests from PETA, Humane Society of U.S. In Defense of Animals and others...y'all are welcome to join the discussion

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10malekin(1 comment)posted 1 year, 4 months ago

These geese weren't "euthanized", euthanize means mercy killing and the only mercy here was for residents who just couldn't find a way to share the park with wildlife. It is quite possible to use non-lethal methods to restrict geese to certain areas of a park. It's been done before countless times very successfully. But USDA Wildlife Services doesn't tell people about that part because they make more money faster by rounding up these geese - including young goslings - and killing them. If you're disgusted by this, join the +90,000 other people who've signed the change.org petition against USDA WS. Google "stop slaughtering millions of wildlife" and "Robert Merrick" and it should come up. Sorry can't post a full link to it here.

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