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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.

YOUNGSTOWN

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.


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1walter_sobchak(1909 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks 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(157 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks 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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3hunky(40 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

It wouldn't be feasible to move them, they and their goslings will return yearly.

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4handymandave(474 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks ago

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

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5Education_Voter(858 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks 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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6James_S(268 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks 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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7lbf(145 comments)posted 2 months, 3 weeks 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
http://louiefreeshow.com

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8malekin(1 comment)posted 2 months, 1 week 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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