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ODNR overseeing euthanasia of geese in Mill Creek Park today

Published: 6/26/14 @ 12:03

Staff report


Several Mill Creek Park roads were closed to motor vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians at 12:01 a.m. today and will remain closed until noon today for euthanasia of geese, a park official said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture “will be humanely euthanizing some of the geese,” with the project to be overseen by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, said Samantha Villella, Mill Creek MetroParks community engagement director.

The closed roads are Memorial Hill, East Glacier, Lily Pond, Robinson Hill, West and West Glacier drives, according to a park news release.

In the past, park officials have used predator decoys and noisemakers to scare off geese, Villella said.

As an additional geese population-control measure, park officials continue to addle the eggs of geese under an ODNR permit, Villella said.

In that process, they make the eggs of geese non-viable by puncturing them with 3-inch nails.

“They have a nuisance issue with geese in the park,” said Laura Graber, the Akron-based ODNR wildlife research technician who issued the permit for the early morning roundup and euthanasia of geese and goslings.

This is the first time for this activity in Mill Creek Park, but such roundups have been done elsewhere in Ohio, she said.

John Paul Seman, a Poland-based assistant USDA district supervisor, said the geese and goslings were to be be captured, placed in a chamber and euthanized with carbon dioxide gas, according to American Veterinary Medical Association guidelines.


Posted by ojanet22 (anonymous) on June 26, 2014 at 8:28 a.m.

Gassing is NOT humane! The geese will suffer unimaginable pain and panic as they are deprived of oxygen. That is why many "shelters" have stopped using the gas chamber to kill animals.

Posted by Silence_Dogood (anonymous) on June 26, 2014 at 11:08 a.m.

I just came from both locations. There are no geese left at the Lily Pond and only one male mallard is left alive there. I did not see anything at lake glacier. They will only let you on the part of the lake that is from the Mahoning river to the boat house. A strange sight was spotted from the area of the old log cabin looking up the lake in the area still closed off. It looked like a chipper shredder of the type they use to chop up tree branches. I wonder what that is there for?

Posted by 76Ytown (anonymous) on June 26, 2014 at 12:18 p.m.

Canadian Goose Holocaust . Why not just deport them?

Posted by mrgibson (anonymous) on June 26, 2014 at 1:19 p.m.

There is nothing humane about this !
As posted many shelters have stopped useing gas chambers because it's a painful terrible way for any living creature to die.

We own a large pond and yes geese are a problem but we don't harm them.
Why can't the park do what many airports do and hire trained dogs to chase the geese away.

We use a border collie to chase the geese away and it's been very successful.
The geese quickly learn they will be chased away and most have stopped coming here.

We still have a small population of geese but that's by choice.
I understand large flocks do create problems but it's cruel and unnecessary to destroy them and regardless with what ODNR says gassing these creatures is not humane.

It's cruel,terrifying and painful !
It seems the state is violating it's own law in regards to killing these animals.

When we were overrun with geese we were told it is illeagle to harm them.
I assume the term "harm" includes killing......unless of course you happen to be the state

Posted by repeaters (anonymous) on June 26, 2014 at 1:27 p.m.

They are nothing but dirty, flying 'rats.' Some of you should adopt them, put them on a leash, and you can take them for a walk every day while your holding life support from your parents or siblings.

Posted by Silence_Dogood (anonymous) on June 26, 2014 at 1:40 p.m.

Last year it was the fish, this year it's the geese, if I was a turtle I would be afraid, very afraid.

Posted by walter_sobchak (anonymous) on June 26, 2014 at 1:58 p.m.

These are not feral geese but resident geese and the population needs controlled by culling. They also go to Calvary cemetery and make it a mess. Since people feed them loaves of bread, they stick around and have no predators. Of course, we could relocate them but, last time I checked, they have wings and will make their way back. And, if they did get relocated to a rural area, they would get eaten by the coyotes. I could care less if they gas them or whack them in the head with Big Bertha driver. Get rid of the filthy beasts.

Posted by CountryGirl51 (anonymous) on June 26, 2014 at 9:05 p.m.

I dont think it is humane what they are doing to these geese. Take them out to the country near a body of water and let them live. This is discussing to me ! We are not here on earth to kill animals or humans. We are here to care for and nurture. Its so wrong !

Posted by MD (anonymous) on July 24, 2014 at 3:25 p.m.

To All Animal Activists and the General Populus; be it you have a dog, cat, canary, bird, frog or otherwise. An animal breathes like we do. They feel like we do. Their bodies contain the same elements that we are made up of. Intelligence has NEVER been a factor of who we are as a CARING species, period!

What does a Mill Creek Wildlife SANCTUARY mean to you? A secure place where wildlife knows not our manmade system if guidelines, as they are a gift to our planet our lives, oeriod?

Who by all means gives the Authority to kill and murder animals like the German Holocaust was to people? Just because the animals did not have a voice does NOT mean we have the right to kill innocent living creatures? Has the thought process of the word nuisance become "hell on earth for judgement without the chance if saving life? An extermination instead of Life?

Did anybody even think that those geese are a part of the food chain for the area for other animals? Or even the simple fact that THEY WILL move on? Even sounding an alarm will make them leave.

The cost of this so called LIE of a Mill Creek Park WILDLIFE SANCTUARY that the Individual Contributors Corporate and taxpayers paid to have were Violated in this act of nothing short of murder! (Santuary acquired in 2005) and total park acres of 4,575 acres. 4,575 acres and no choice of relocation by volunteers? Even a call to PETA would have sent an email to PETA.org and thousands of people nationally would have shown up. This act of saving the geese would have helped the economy in visitors staying at hotels, eating at restaurants and other avenues!

With transportation available the geese could be relocated by volunteers, IF they were given a chance!

I would like to see the people, who made this decision fired and will contact PETA, regarding this.


If you were a volunteer or an individual, who contributed to this WILDLIFE sanctuary then please contact PETA to make sure this never happens again!

Don't let the death of these silent creatures go unnoticed!