BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – A grassroots group outraged by geese being euthanized at Mill Creek MetroParks is demanding answers.
They simply don’t understand why more than 100 Canada geese were killed last month. They have taken their cause to social media and already have thousands of supporters.
Save the Wildlife in Mill Creek Park has 1,537 likes on Facebook. They are committed to making sure the killing of geese does not happen again. A few of the members met Thursday night to see what they want to do next.
One of the members, Candice Sinistro-Larocca grew up across from Mill Creek Park and spent a lot of time there looking at the wildlife.
“When I am in the park, I am in their territory, so I need to respect that,” Sinistro-Larocca said.
She said she was shocked that more than 100 Canada geese were killed with carbon dioxide.
“Looking at the families of geese with their babies and that’s all gone right now,” Sinistro-Larocca said.
She and others don’t understand why this ever happened and have a lot of unanswered questions.
“Where is the accountability with this? Why did no one from the park ever put out any kind of statement this was becoming a problem?,” group member Gina Centofanti said.
Group members said they have sent emails to park officials, asking why the community was not told about the problem. First News reached out to the park after the meeting, but we did not hear back.
Park officials said last month the geese were getting aggressive, which is a safety concern for park goers. People also fed the geese.
“We are taxpayers. Let us have a voice,” Sinistro-Larocca said.
The group decided they are against feeding geese in the park, but they’re still sorting out other issues and what to do next. They would like to see more environmentalist on the park board.
“This is what I consider to be the treasure of this area, Mill Creek Park,” Centofanti said.
She said she knows this is a common practice of controlling the Canada geese population, but never thought it would happen at her park.