YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The director of Mill Creek MetroParks wants to be sure the public has a chance to weigh in on what happens at the park in the future.
The controversial geese roundup and euthanasia at the park on June 26 continues to stir emotions on both sides of the issue, particularly from members of a group calling itself “Save the Wildlife of Mill Creek Park.”
“And I really feel like if you don’t like water fowl and that bothers you, maybe you should stay away from the banks of the wetlands,” Candace LaRocca of Boardman said.
But others argue the geese, and the mess they were creating, were a nuisance.
“There were so many of them, and it was so easy to round them up. That should tell you something. And what they did was humane to the geese but it was just important for the people,” Jean Williams of Boardman said.
At Monday’s Board of Trustees monthly meeting, Mill Creek MetroParks Executive Director Dennis Miller said that before any future events like the roundup take place, officials will bring the public into the discussion.
He said he and the staff will continue working to control the geese population, which he said has been ongoing for the past five years.
“And I think with the help of the public and certain individuals that expressed their willingness to volunteer, we want to enhance the non-lethal methods that we are using and really hone in on the ‘Do Not Feed the Widlife’ campaign, and hopefully we can avoid this in the future,” Miller said.
LaRocca said she appreciated Miller’s statement. And while she and her group said they want to work with park officials, they remain more than a bit skeptical.
Williams said she is happy the geese have left the Lily Pond for other areas of the park.
“Look at the ducks. The geese were overriding the ducks and now the ducks are back at the Lily Pond. I think it was the right thing to do,” she said.