Please Do Not Feed Waterfowl

Posted by April Reiling on Jul 12, 2013
Tags: Community, Public Health, Town News, Water

The following article was contributed by Trophy Club resident and Council Member, Greg Lamont.

I am writing as a resident and President of the Lakes of Trophy Club Home Owners Association (HOA). The Geese have once again become an issue for The Lakes neighborhood, especially as it pertains to maintaining a healthy environment. The paths and streets are becoming littered with waterfowl droppings. It is unsafe for humans, especially the young and elderly and our pets. We, as neighbors, are asking that you please obey our posted signs and not feed the waterfowl around The Lakes and neighborhood.

I have contacted Texas Parks and Wildlife (TP&W) and they informed us that geese normally dispatch by August, but if they are constantly being fed they will not leave and will have to be removed.  Right now they are in their molting stage (cannot fly) and tend to congregate in one spot. TP&W will not pick up waterfowl when the temperature is above 90 degrees.

I realize that it is cute and exciting to feed the waterfowl, but the reality is that in addition to health concerns, it is a danger to the waterfowl as they lose their ability to fend for themselves and human food, such as bread, is not healthy for them. I have attached a flyer that we hand out to people feeding the fowl, which includes reasons why feeding the birds is a danger to the waterfowl, as well as humans and pets. I have also attached a brochure from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.

We want them to fly away rather then be taken away. 

Thank You, 

Greg Lamont
HOA, The Lakes of Trophy Club