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Crying foul over fowl

Dear Editor:

As a resident of Blue Lake we would like to make a statement for the island and the geese to remain in their natural state. The Fire Island article on the front page of Friday’s Aspen Times stated that “a lot of people believe there’s a hidden agenda to control the goose population.”

Well, the agenda is not so hidden. The board had a permit, which has since expired – a permit to oil eggs on the island. Does that sound like getting rid of brush? Every year we enjoy watching the geese teach their gooslings to fly and swim. We do not want them destroyed. We have lived here 10 years and have noticed the geese population diminishing not growing. We are right on the lake and are in a perfect place to witness the habits and activities of the creatures that enjoy the island. Many species visit here for bird watchers. Birds including beautiful swans come to visit from the Rock Bottom Ranch across the highway. We do not appreciate those in our area who want to destroy the life that lives here with us.

Other residents have the same opinion that we do. Again, we highly oppose those who would decide life and death matters to the wildlife and habitats of Blue Lake.

The rules for Blue Lake specifically state in item 9: “Out of respect for wildlife, do not disturb the waterfowl or nests on the island.” Hopefully the voices of those who speak for the beloved geese will be heard and not ignored.

Sue Driggers

Blue Lake

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