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Pequannock waterfowl hunt proposal draws mixed views

April 25, 2013 | Geese

North Jersey.com

WEDNESDAY APRIL 24, 2013
BY STEVE JANOSKI
STAFF WRITER -- SUBURBAN TRENDS

A day after several residents and animal rights advocates voiced their opinions both for and against the proposed waterfowl hunt at PV Park, the general opinion of the Township Council remains unchanged: Although it's willing to consider alternatives, the hunt will go on if the governing body feels it's needed.

Some, like Edita Birnkrant, the New York director of the nonprofit animal advocacy group Friends of Animals, urged the council to abandon its plan for a culling, and said that a plethora of other factors, such as dog excrement found in the trails around the 27-acre park, could influence the high levels of fecal coliforms that have caused the lake's occasional closure in past years.

"The testing you did on the water does not implicate waterfowl - in fact, almost never do waterfowl negatively impact coliform levels," she said.

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