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Mill Creek MetroParks board faces crowd angered over killing of geese

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The Mill Creek MetroParks Board of Commissioners faced the public for the first time since the decision to to euthanize more than 200 geese nearly three weeks ago.

A crowd was on hand Monday night when commissioners tried to explain that the geese had to be eliminated because places like the Lily Pond had become overrun by what they say were aggressive birds.  That brought an angry response from some in the audience, including claims that the commissioners were lying. 

Some say that their view of the park had changed permanently. "You had a license to kill and you used it. When I go down through the park now I view it as a killing field." said one crowd member.

But a few speakers supported the park's decision. "You all went to the state of Ohio and asked for their advice and that's what they advised you to do",  said one supporter of the measure.

Park and Ohio Department of Natural Resources officials said from the beginning that people feeding the geese caused them to take such drastic measures.

"One time, I saw a ranger take the bread from somebody and tell them not to feed the geese. They could have been a lot better about that. They could have been a lot better about destroying eggs than killed these beautiful..I get so upset. I get emotional every time I talk about it." said Kathy Hood of Lordstown

Other meeting attendees also called for stricter control regarding goose feeding in the parks.

"What is done is done. I don't want to see it repeated. I think they have to take more aggressive measures. I think police should actually fine people, not warn them," said Cynthia Tareshawty of Youngstown.

With geese still at the park, officials say they will become more aggressive in enforcing the no feed policy.

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