The removal of the duck shelter, relocation of domestic geese and ducks, and a ban against public feeding at the park underscores the city's ignorance of the wildfowl situation at Lakeside Park.

Dear Editor:     
The removal of the duck shelter, relocation of domestic geese and ducks, and a ban against public feeding at the park underscores the city's ignorance of the wildfowl situation at Lakeside Park.
The city council has acted on a suggestion that the wildfowl have been reproducing at an alarming rate - further suggesting that the duck house is a large part of that problem. Their assessment is inaccurate. The small domestic flock of geese and ducks at the park has only managed to increase its numbers by a few members over the past two decades, with the greatest increase being added by the domestic geese.
The small duck house provides shelter to wildfowl during periods of excessive cold and other inclement types of weather. As a nesting location, this structure has not contributed to the current population problem.
The problem of excessive wildfowl at Lakeside Park is being caused by an increase in the numbers of newly resident wild flocks. Canada geese and Mallard ducks are the main source of the problem being identified at Lakeside.
I recommend that the city make a more appropriate assessment of the facts involved in the wildfowl problem at Lakeside Park before acting imprudently on this matter of concern.
Sincerely yours,
Kip Kennedy
Pittsburg