Let them eat bread

Let them eat bread

There are 11 comments on the GoErie.com story from Sep 9, 2008, titled Let them eat bread. In it, GoErie.com reports that:

The ducks walked on the fish Monday, just as they have for the nearly 80 years that Pymatuning State Park's Linesville Spillway has provided them with a unique place to feed on the generosity of curious humans.

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Erie, PA

#1 Sep 9, 2008
"H. Daniel Hill III, one of eight Pennsylvania game commissioners, said a lot of factors went into the proposal. These included that the use of fish pellets would cut down on litter and water pollution, would eliminate an "artificial food source" and curb the domestication of wild animals, and would reduce the probability of disease transmission among the animals."
H Danny and the other eight wizards who spent 4 years on this study sort of overlooked that the fish food wrappers also will cause a pollution problem unless they disolve in air and water. Geese will eat mostly anything, including fish food. Animal domestication will still occur since the animals are still being fed (different food)!!!!

And, by the way, did the game commission consider that the fish food probably has more animal by-products in it than bread????

This seems to be another of those 'real men of genius' moments.....
Barbara Bish

Barberton, OH

#2 Sep 10, 2008
I sent this letter to PA Game Commission:

I just heard about the crazy idea some people have to take away feeding bread to the fish at Pymatuning Spillway. Unbelieveable.

Last I knew this was a free country! The idea of making someone buy pellets at an authorized place speaks of communism to me.

For generations our family brought stale bread and all the kids and grownup and grandparents and headed to the Spillway. It continues to be a favorite thing to do with my currently 6 year old granddaughter.

And this crazy business that you are feeding the geese and thus increasing their population is downright silly. I do believe it was your idea in the first place to put geese on the endangered list and thus creating this poop problem. You, not me feeding the carp, have caused a great State Park to now belong to the geese. We quit swimming there years ago because of the geese dip. But get real, that doesn't have anything to do with feeding the fish bread.

We notice when we do go feed the fish BREAD that there are plenty of trash cans around. It is personal responsibility to throw away your wrappers and ties. Believe it or not, big government cannot and should not tell people how to live and think and breathe. You think you cannot make someone throw away a stupid bread wrapper, so you take the fun away from everyone.

I have never seen a dead sea gull, nor dead fish, nor dead geese, nor dead ducks floating around the Spillway.

Please let me know that you have changed your mind about controlling feeding the old carp down to what they can eat and when etc.

Go away and leavr us alone, there isn't a problem.

Barb and Phil Bish

Ashtabula OH 44004

Erie, PA

#3 Sep 10, 2008
This is just another way for the state to make money. Since you won't be allowed to bring your own bread you will have to buy their food or not feed the fish at all. They just keep taking our money a little at a time, till there is nothing left.
People have been feeding the carp for over 50 years and Pymatuming is the 2nd largest tourist attraction in PA. Now why would the state chance losing that?? Stupidity!!!!

Sewickley, PA

#4 Sep 12, 2008
The problems seems to be to many geese. Lets see we have a waterfowl propagation area right there. I call it sucessful. Feeding bread to a few ducks and geese along with many carp at the spillway area does nothing to address the problem and in fact is going to do nothing to curb the overpopulation problem. This is just being used by USDA, DCNR, and PGC to end a long standing tradition. The goose overpopulation problem is statewide and not just at Pymatuning. So why end a lond standing tourist attraction because of USDA buracrats and Government interference in our traditions. Ever heard of passive resistance -"Feed on"


Since: Jul 08

Ford City, PA

#5 Sep 12, 2008
IF they can close down PI for a deer hunt they can surely do the same for a goose hunt at the spillway.
But let's see... fish pellets? Hmmm looks like dad's dog food most likely and people will be feeding the fish dog food next.

United States

#6 Sep 26, 2008
let them eat bread for gods sakes................
mr wolfe

Pittsburgh, PA

#7 Sep 26, 2008
why is this such a big deal?


#8 Sep 26, 2008
the fish won't get a fill on stupid tiny fish pellets. Your not hurting geese and so what if they eat some bread. There are way more carp than geese, therefore, the carp get most of the bread anyway. PLEASE, leave it alone.


Since: Jul 08

Chardon, OH

#9 Sep 26, 2008
They have put it on hold and won't be doing it this next year... I think the people have spoken and gotten thru to them.
meadvilletribune.com had an article on it.


Since: Jul 08

Chardon, OH

#10 Sep 26, 2008


#11 Sep 30, 2008
RiderKatS wrote:
http://www.meadvilletribune.co m/archivesearch/local_story_26 2152029.html
for your reading pleasure..
Thanks RiderKats for updating us on the spillway.

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