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Ducks & Geese To Be Shot & Killed at Pequannock Valley Park, NJ

April 19, 2013 | Hunting & Wildlife Management / Geese / Take Action

Please Attend Township Council Meeting, April 23, 7:30pm to
Voice Your Opposition Calls & Emails Also Needed

Pequannock Township, in Morris Country, New Jersey is planning to shoot and kill ducks and geese at 27 acre Pequannock Valley Park, a swimming lake with a beach area that is open to the public, and the adjacent 40 acre Woodland Lake, home to many species of birds, waterfowl and other wildlife.

Town officials obtained a DEP Permit that allows the town to shoot and kill Canada geese from April 1, 2013-August 31, 2013, and a permit to kill the ducks is pending approval.

Mayor Rich Phelan and Township Manager David Hollberg are blaming a few ducks and geese for elevated coliform bacteria levels in lake water after heavy rainfalls on summer days-they are absurdly insisting that all the ducks and geese be exterminated at the lake. Waterfowl are naturally attracted to lakes, and the landscaping and habitat of the public park area, in addition to the constant presence of food sold and eaten at the swimming area means the birds must be tolerated by park and town officials. Suggestions to change the areas food is eaten at the beach, in addition to educating residents about not feeding waterfowl have been made to officials.

The town's attitude of intolerance which views bird species that belong in the landscape turned into a public swimming area-that says even one duck isn't allowed to exist where people swim- must be challenged and overturned in this town and everywhere.

Bacteria levels in water are affected by multiple factors, and the presence of dog excrement on trails surrounding the lake was documented by Friends of Animals last week, after a meeting at the Pequannock Valley Park lake with Township Manager Hollberg. A Pequannock resident confirmed to FoA that throughout the summer, dog owners often fail to clean up droppings at sites directly around the lake-some of which could easily end up in the lake water after a rainfall, thus affecting bacteria levels being blamed on waterfowl, with no scientific proof.

In spite of this obvious factor and others, Pequannock officials are dead-set on shooting the ducks and geese-in spite of FoA explaining that killing ducks and geese merely means more ducks and geese will fill the place of those killed, creating a devastating cycle of killing of two important species important to the ecology and biodiversity of the lake.

Friends of Animals presented town officials with our Canada Goose Habitat Modification Manual which details successful examples of deterring geese from certain areas by making the areas less attractive to them and we continue to speak with town officials to urge the killing be called off, and we will speak at the upcoming Pequannock Township Meeting on April 23rd.

Crucially Important Township Meeting, April 23-Your Presence Is Needed to Save the Ducks & Geese

Residents of Pequannock and surrounding areas should please attend the Tuesday, April 23rd Township Council Meeting, held at the Pequannock Township Municipal Building. You will have three minutes to speak and address the Mayor and Council and voice your opposition to the killing of the ducks and geese.

Pequannock Municipal Building
530 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444-1799 Directions

Calls & Emails Also Needed!

Please email and call The Mayor, Township Manager & Council Members and urge them to let geese and ducks live at the lake and cancel the killing plan:

(Copy email block of all 6 officials' addresses): rphelan@peqtwp.org; dhollberg@peqtwp.org; mlynch@peqtwp.org; dkohle@peqtwp.org; JVcouncil@gmail.com; Cwinterfield@peqtwp.org

Mayor Rich Phelan-Email: rphelan@peqtwp.org Phone: 973.809.6318

David Hollberg, Township Manager-Email: dhollberg@peqtwp.org Phone: 973.835.5700 x133

Melissa Florance-Lynch, Deputy Mayor & Council Mayor-Email: mlynch@peqtwp.org Phone: 973.809.4401.

Cathy Winterfield, Council Member-Email: cwinterfield@peqtwp.org Phone: 973.476.7230

Joel D. Vanderhoff, Council Member-Email: JVCouncil@gmail.com

David Kohle, Council Member-E-mail: dkohle@peqtwp.org Phone: 973.934.3111

Comments

All animals have a right to live a humane life. Stop this senseless killing. It's cruel!!!

For every community that has an issue with the duck and geese situation, may I suggest for folks to look into is a life size cast iron lawn figure of a "sheep dog" which acts as a "scarecrow" for the geese. I live in Mt. Laurel where some businesses have it on their lawns and not only does it keep the geese away, but it makes a nice lawn ornament. Please remember to suggest this at township meetings. It's way less expensive and practical than killing everything in sight as it will also be an endless situation because other birds will come in to replace the dead ones and so on.

Ducks and geese have the right to live on this planet. They are creatures of this Earth just like us! Why do you have to kill everything that irritates you? Use your creativity and find another way!

I am sicked by the intolerance of natural habitats and animals in your town!! WHAT is wrong with you people? These animals belong on this earth, no less than YOU do!! And what does this say to our children?? This is why children are growing up so insensitive to the lives of humans and animals, and think nothing of committing violent crimes. You can really kill these ducks and geese and sleep at night? I hope to god that when you die YOU are judged by something bigger than us in the same way that YOU passed judgment on these animals. Take a good look in the mirror and think about it, PLEASE!!! STAND UP for these animals and nature!! I am so disgusted by this.

Why would you want to destroy geese when they do nothing wrong?? They eat and poop.Farmers use bird poop to fertilize crops? And guess what we eat the corn and grain yep you heard it Are we sick from eating corn or grain or soybeans??? How about the humans on earth before toilets,toilet paper? Yeah they pooped on the ground or off side of ships, or in caves used leaves and left them on the ground, should they have been killed for doing so? geese are no different than any other animal. some animals are litter trained many are not, you let the animals out whether dog,cat,ferret,rabbits,etc they aint going to run to the toilets, yeah they will just use the ground! Geese eat grass, they poop grass I have 3 as personal pets I know, other animals eat rotten meat full of bacteria and poop on the ground,it rains and runs off into water? Really? yeah! There was a reason god wanted noah to put animals on the ark 2 by 2 he had a reason for their survival if he did not want them to poop he could have killed them -- it's fertilizer for the plants and tree survival. This country has lost the fear of god! We would be happy to trap and move them to a different place in our state. I think this is a abomination unto god and his creation. Stop the killing of ducks and geese!!

I cannot believe you would even consider harming these beautiful animals! They do not hurt anyone or anything, they are wonderful as pets as we have some ourselves that we have raised since babies. They are sweet, calm, and trust us as humans to care for them, NOT KILL THEM!! They are flying into a natural habitat and you all are going to be lurking around and waiting to kill them! How terrible! You should be ashamed, there are more humane ways to deter them from a certain area and those ways should be looked into way before even considering such a HORRIFIC act as killing these beautiful beings that our Lord put on earth even before we were here!!!!

Shall we just kill you people too because you poop and contaminate water somewhere? Why is there any difference - these beings too have hearts, souls, families, feelings, loyalty toward each other, and can give and receive love to humans who take the time and effort to get to know them as the sentient beings that they are. Shame on you! Substitute kittens or puppies in there and watch the furor. Are geese and ducks any less valuable? You appoint yourself the executioner and decide to annihilate them. How close does that bring us to the decisions you give yourself to annihilate people for your own reasons. It's been done before and they call it a Holocaust. You are going down a road that will bring death, grief, and misery to many. Stop and look in the mirror if you still can as you plot to commit these acts. Were you brought into this world and raised to do this? Think long think hard. Death is forever. Is Death within your rights to inflict on innocent animals?

Society is becoming so sanitized and intellectually ignorant that they refuse to apply common sense to their issues. This is not a solution, nor will it alleviate the fear of disease or contact with feces or whatever justification they are using to promote this atrocity. This is a knee jerk reaction to uneducated peoples fears becoming more cruel in the process. Shame on anyone who sees eradication as a solution. They might as well change their names to Hitler since this was his belief as well. He preyed on people's fears and these inept buffoons are doing the same thing but with animals.

This is not a solution, just a slaughter. Great leaders lead with honesty, courage, compassion, ethics. Clearly these decision leaders are inept and should be run out of city hall. To condone more violence merely for the sake of violence at a time when our country has grave concerns about the more frequent horrors going on in our country is disgusting. It is never too late to do the right thing. We will wait and see.

Rich, David, Melissa, Cathy, David, and Joel, Please reconsider your plan to kill the ducks and geese in Pequannock Valley Park. Bacteria levels in water are affected by multiple factors, and the presence of dog excrement on trails surrounding the lake was documented by Friends of Animals last week, after a meeting at the Pequannock Valley Park lake with Township Manager Hollberg. A Pequannock resident confirmed to FoA that throughout the summer, dog owners often fail to clean up droppings at sites directly around the lake—some of which could easily end up in the lake water after a rainfall, thus affecting bacteria levels being blamed on waterfowl, with no scientific proof. Killing ducks and geese merely means more ducks and geese will fill the place of those killed, creating a devastating cycle of killing of two important species important to the ecology and biodiversity of the lake. Please reconsider. We would like to live in an area that doesn't have to resort to these measures but rather can find humane ways to address concerns. Thank you,

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