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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):;;;;;

Mayor Rich Phelan-Email: Phone: 973.809.6318

David Hollberg, Township Manager-Email: Phone: 973.835.5700 x133

Melissa Florance-Lynch, Deputy Mayor & Council Mayor-Email: Phone: 973.809.4401.

Cathy Winterfield, Council Member-Email: Phone: 973.476.7230

Joel D. Vanderhoff, Council Member-Email:

David Kohle, Council Member-E-mail: Phone: 973.934.3111


please don't do this

I implore you to reconsider your decision to kill these animals.

Animals have to experience & dissolve their bad kamma in peace.Hence do not kill them.

stop abuser animals!!!!!!

i despair of all the beautiful animals being shot - and for what purpose???

Pure infantilism - what kind of idiotic monsters are able to destroy living creatures in that way is unbelievable. "While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal positions on this earth?" George Bernard Shaw

Please keep the ducks and geese alive, where they have lived co-existed with other wildlife, as well as humans, for a long time. There's too much killing going on everywhere. You need to ask yourself, "What would Jesus do in a situation like this one?"

They are called waterfowl for a reason. Their feet are webbed for a reason. There is such little space left for our willdlife. To punish a species for exhibiting normal behavior is unconscionable and heartless. Haven't we all seen enough violence as of late? Do the right thing, send the right message to our children and CANCEL this plan immediately.

Hasn't there been enough violence and killing innocents this week? Can't you be satisfied with that? Why not consider a non-violent solution, and there are countless of those. Show your children a non-killing adult decision, so they can see by example their parents and elders are committed to saving lives, not taking them. Give them hope in a better, more caring future for them. Involve them as a nature project, duh. And, let's not forget the waterfowl whose natural home you are proposing to take away. Hopefully, you are more intelligent and creative than just making a neandrathal knee-jerk reaction without even posing peaceful solutions. This isn't rocket science. Find a way and don't become like the violence we've all had enough of in this beautiful country. Set the example now. ENOUGH!!!

Please let these animals live a happy life leave them alone