STOP DANGEROUS SHOOTING OF GEESE @ PHIFERS ICE DAMS PARK, LEHIGHTON, PA.
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We (my Husband and I), live at the top of a very small, beautiful park called 'The Phifers Ice Dams Park', Lehighton, PA., and have witnessed Franklin Township Employees, along with The Franklin Township Police Dept., SHOOTING at CLOSE, TO POINT BLANK RANGE, with a SHOTGUN, ANY Canada Geese that now ventures into our beautiful park, which has 3 ponds. They (The Township/Police Dept.) had obtained 'Special Permits' from the Dept. of US Fish & Wildlife, (Federal Agency) years ago, when the geese overran the park, and they were shooting them to 'control' them because of their 'droppings'. This year however, there are hardly ANY geese that come to our park/ponds. Now, with insistence to The Township on acquiring non-lethal decoy swans to deter them, (swans are the geese natural enemies!) and ONLY after writing a protest letter on 4/4/12, the Township acquired and installed on 4/13, a WHOPPING 1 pair for 3 ponds!! (each decoy swan is $43.00).
They put 1 in 2 of 3 ponds, anchored them so tightly that they do not 'move' naturally when the breeze blows, and are not in 'pairs', as found in nature!! And yet, the geese are now almost non-existent!! BUT, even if ONE pair comes into the park, they are there to shoot them, ON SIGHT!! I have deterred 'them' by confrontation, to stop shooting the FEW precious geese that DO visit the park! They are TOTALLY ABUSING this 'Special Permit', and we must have this horrible practice STOPPED!! This has been occurring from the beginning of Spring, and on 5/3, I personally witnessed ONE of a LONE pair of geese in the park being shot. I stopped the other one from the same fate by intervening. (Because I live on the parks boarder, I now look out almost every hour to make sure no geese are in the park, and if there are, I go down and scare them away, which takes MINUTES!!) MANY other homes boarder the Park, some within FEET of those ponds!! See above picture for the one left behind, he/she stayed almost ALL DAY, CRYING FOR ITS MATE...you can even see the 1 decoy swan in the background!!
So, yet ANOTHER Protest Letter was written on 5/9 to: The Franklin Township Supervisors, 900 Fairyland Rd., Lehighton, PA. 18235. (610) 377-6215. After attending their Township meeting last month on 4/17, praised them for their purchase, and letting them know even FEWER geese, or even ducks for that matter, come to the park, and begged them to purchase more ,they THEN made it clear that they will NOT purchase ANY more decoy swans!!! The meetings occur every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:30PM, at The Franklin Township Building @ above address.
PLEASE HELP!! PLEASE HAVE THIS SHOOTING STOPPED IMMEDIENTLY!! IT IS TOO DANGEROUS TO THE SURROUNDING HOMES THAT BOARDER THIS VERY SMALL PARK!! PLEASE, ALSO WRITE LETTERS OF PROTEST TO ABOVE ADDRESS!! THEY ARE ABUSING THEIR POWER!! THEY MUST USE NON-LETHAL METHODS FIRST, THEY ARE VIOLATING THEIR PERMIT!! PLEASE, ALSO CHECK MY 'UPDATES' FOR THE MOST CURRENT INFO. Thank you, Debra DeHauski-Whiteman, Lehighton, PA.
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