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June 5, 2013

ROOT: Philbert the Lockport goose

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — I had someone tell me a true story of how inconsiderate municipalities can be in their search for visual perfection. This is not a story about Lockport, initially. I am hoping that we in Lockport can get beyond this kind of inhumane behavior and maybe strive for something a little bit more cooperative.

As man continues to expand his habitat, he tends to interfere with the habitats of others. This is just another reason why feeding the seagulls at the former Mall site is not only disgusting, it is also inhumane. Whoever is feeding those gulls is setting those birds up for a relocation at best, and an extermination at worst. I hope that you can sleep well knowing that you just completely ruined the lives of hundreds of living creatures just to make your point, whoever you are.

I am no fan of the seagulls, but I am also no fan of inhumane treatment of any animal. Whoever is bringing in those gulls is inhumane and should be punished as such.

Anyway, the birds of the sky are forced to find refuge wherever they can as more and more buildings are put in the place of their former homes. I have a bird family that tries to nest under the awning over my house. If it wasn’t right next to my front door, I would let them stay. But I am forced to ask the birds to relocate every year.

The trees that line our streets seem like a natural place for birds to put their nests. That is the way it should be. Even birds know when a tree is dying and they will usually move to a better tree. That is when the municipality usually removes the tree. However, in this story, a perfectly healthy tree was destroyed by a municipality for what appears to be no reason. Aside from a shady spot on the sidewalk, there were other casualties.

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