The significant number of waterfowl inhabiting the park has caused problems. The overgrazing of grass; accumulation of droppings and feathers; public health concerns; and attacks to people enjoying the walking trail have posed challenges. For the safety of those visiting Kish Park, a solution has been developed.
Derry Township has entered a cooperative service agreement with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Wildlife Services (WS) to cooperate in a wildlife damage management project.
APHIS WS personnel, who have been professionally trained in wildlife damage management, will assist Derry Township in implementing an integrated waterfowl damage management program (IWDM).
- Derry Township will institute a no feeding wildlife policy and actively enforce the policy with an ordinance.
- APHIS WS will conduct next and egg treatment for the nesting season.
- APHIS WS will use visual deterrents, remote controlled boats, etc., on park property 2 – 3 times per week from May – August. From September – December, techniques will be used on an as-needed basis.
- APHIS WS will remove all domestic waterfowl from agreed upon park properties using nets or traps.
- WS will conduct woodchuck removal, if requested.