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Ducks & Geese To Be Shot & Killed at Pequannock Valley Park, NJ ! PLEASE TAKE ACTION ! !


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Cher
- 607 days ago - friendsofanimals.org
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



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Cher Away Moving (1470)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 6:42 am



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): rphelan@peqtwp.org; dhollberg@peqtwp.org; mlynch@peqtwp.org; dkohle@peqtwp.org; JVcouncil@gmail.com; Cwinterfield@peqtwp.org

Mayor Rich Phelan—Email: rphelan@peqtwp.org Phone: 973.809.6318

David Hollberg, Township Manager—Email: dhollberg@peqtwp.org Phone: 973.835.5700 ×133

Melissa Florance-Lynch, Deputy Mayor & Council Mayor—Email: mlynch@peqtwp.org Phone: 973.809.4401.

Cathy Winterfield, Council Member—Email: cwinterfield@peqtwp.org Phone: 973.476.7230

Joel D. Vanderhoff, Council Member—Email: JVCouncil@gmail.com

David Kohle, Council Member—E-mail: dkohle@peqtwp.org Phone: 973.934.3111


 

Pat B. (354)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 6:47 am
TY,Cher.Done. Thank You for Commenting.
 

Kit B. (276)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 7:06 am

Letters sent to:

Mayor Rich Phelan—Email: rphelan@peqtwp.org

David Hollberg, Township Manager—Email: dhollberg@peqtwp.org

Melissa Florance-Lynch, Deputy Mayor & Council Mayor—Email: mlynch@peqtwp.org.

Cathy Winterfield, Council Member—Email: cwinterfield@peqtwp.org

Joel D. Vanderhoff, Council Member—Email: JVCouncil@gmail.com

David Kohle, Council Member—E-mail: dkohle@peqtwp.org
 

Nyack Clancy (451)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 7:51 am
Will take action- TY
 

Christeen Anderson (549)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 8:16 am
Done.
 

naomi cohen (37)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 8:26 am
all action taken. thank you, cher.
 

Barbara D. (78)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 8:48 am
NS&letters will be sent.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 9:35 am
Noted & posted
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 10:19 am
I know this lake well, and this is a very big surprise-thank you for the info.
 

Chris C. (151)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 10:28 am
noted
 

Julie E. (371)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 11:35 am
Sample letter: (lets not have an excuse not to at least e-mail them)

To whom it may concern,

I am urging you to let geese and ducks live at the lake and cancel the killing plan.

Please! Do not allow the shooting and killing of 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.

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.

Please listen to our plea's to stop this killing of innocent birds.

Sincerely,

rphelan@peqtwp.org; dhollberg@peqtwp.org; mlynch@peqtwp.org; dkohle@peqtwp.org; JVcouncil@gmail.com; Cwinterfield@peqtwp.org


 

Ruth S. (298)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 12:35 pm
Will do
 

. (0)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 1:33 pm
signed and comment posted
 

aj E. (164)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 1:33 pm
disgusting.
 

Ron M. (52)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 1:41 pm
Hey humans, have you gone nuts again? Something having public access does not mean you own it to do with whatever you want. 27 acres is nothing compared to the space we demand for human use but no, we want it all don't we? God forbid we leave some space for animals who desparately need this bit of survival habitat. You want to swim? Stay home where you belong and dive in to a public or private pool designed for human use, nice and clean environment and you can eat there too don't you know without fear of infection of some sort and leave these birds alone for Christ sake!
 

Carol Bischoff (399)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 2:36 pm
Noted.
 

Madhu Pillai (22)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 2:49 pm
Noted
 

Chrissy M. (2)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 2:55 pm
Gee You gotta wonder what they really are gonna do with the Lake
There is a reason they want to rid the Birds and later all other Wild Life there
Because they have a plan to do some thing with it and this is just a nother step to Silently get there
Listen to what they are saying and how they are wording it and What They Are Not Saying
They have some thing planned that will put a Lot of Money in their Pockets
cm of nv
 

Dianne D. (462)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 3:30 pm
email sent. We need to learn to co-exist and not kill what we think is in our way. Killing animals is not what we need to teach our kids.
 

Muriel Servaege (48)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 3:56 pm
Noted.
 

Robert O. (12)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 4:55 pm
Thanks Cher.
 

Nancy Black (303)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 4:56 pm
Noted, tweeted, shared, tweeted, shared.
 

Liz Gillard (100)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 5:06 pm
Noted and will now send emails to STOP the killing of our precious wildlife!!!! When i was growing up it was a day out to feed the ducks,swans and geese now some people just want rid of them,shame on you!!! Even here in England there are notices put up NOT to feed them in some areas,a simple pleasure thats so enjoyable will be a thing of the past if councils and goverments have their way!!!!! .By the way i still feed the ducks etc.Thank you Cher.Liz Xx
 

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 5:28 pm
Noted.
 

Birgit W. (152)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 5:39 pm
Terrible! Stop the killing of our wildlife!
 

Karen B. (8)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 5:49 pm
Abhorrent, and unlawful.!! Why do some people murder animals and get away with it. MURDERING ANIMALS IS ANIMAL CRUELTY AND AGAINST THE LAW.!!! WE NEED A GLOBAL MORATORIUM AGAINST ANIMAL CRUELTY AND MURDERING OF ANIMALS.!!!
 

Christine Stewart (133)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 8:41 pm
So sad and cruel.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 8:48 pm
Thanks Julie E. for the sample letter. I sent it to all of the people listed. Thanks Cher
 

LMj Sunshine (142)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 11:12 pm
Thank you.
 

Joan McAllister (1064)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 11:18 pm
Noted & Done. Thanks Cher
 

Lisa Zarafonetis (174)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 12:18 am
Signed & Shared on FB.
 

Danuta Watola (1215)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 1:36 am
noted
 

Nils Anders Lunde (551)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 2:28 am
Noted
 

. (0)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 3:05 am
noted,thank you
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (394)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 3:32 am
Noted.
 

Ludger W. (72)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 3:58 am
done
 

Arwen Woods (207)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 4:30 am
Actioned, noted and shared. Thanks Cher.x
 

paul m. (93)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 5:01 am

Signed,,,,So stupid, people in Ireland go to feed the Ducks, who ever passed this law , should sack themselves..
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 5:49 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 7:37 am
Noted. It seems like every state likes to kill something. We need to exist peacefully with our animals instead of killing them.
 

Harshiita Sharma (138)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 8:51 am
done
 

Inge Bjorkman (146)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 10:23 am
why this shooting, end at some point
 

Hartson Doak (33)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 11:02 am
Ignorance in action. See problem and make it worse.
 

Isa Villanen (44)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 11:19 am
noted, read, shared, and corresponding petitions signed, but not on Care2.
 

Mary T. (321)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 11:54 am
Cher - will share the link in FB - Mary
 

Scott haakon (4)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 12:01 pm
Come up with a solution make yourself wealthy. This is something to put on a problem solving web site. Millions of people are effected. It would be to humanities good to solve these problems.
 

Sandra Patterson (61)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 12:09 pm
noted with comment
 

Ana Lopes (83)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 1:26 pm
noted
 

GabeeAWAY Baldaia (103)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 3:04 pm
sadly noted ... shared !
 

Gloria picchetti (300)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 4:30 pm
I emailed all of them.
 

samantha l (0)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 4:42 pm
Noted!
 

Marie Therese Hanulak (30)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 5:09 pm
Horrible humans on an other death rampage!
 

Raul M. (0)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 5:09 pm
We don't own animals!
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 6:28 pm
Noted
 

Jade N. (22)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 8:33 pm
thanks!
 

Petra M. (255)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 2:56 pm
Noted; so sad and cruel!
 

. (0)
Wednesday April 24, 2013, 11:20 am
Noted - thank you dear Cher
 

Carol H. (229)
Friday May 3, 2013, 5:59 am
action to be taken by phone
 
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