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Bridgeport still a deadly place for ducks

Posted: June 30, 2009 7:11 p.m.
Updated: July 1, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Last year, I wrote a letter to the editor about my concerns regarding the Bridgeport Marketplace water feature in relation to the Bridgeport habitat (“Think about wildlife’s needs before you build,” The Signal, Oct. 3, 2008).  

I had asked if any consideration was made to the certain catastrophes that would take place regarding the many species of birds and their young in crossing the connecting busy road.  

Today brought me to tears to see a whole family of ducks, dead, in the fast lane of Newhall Ranch Road.  

I’ve seen days when the good-hearted city workers have helped the young ducks cross the road and climb the curb. I’ve seen those who care, stop their cars to let a family of geese cross the street.

This is a horrible situation.

Am I the only one who feels that the building of the waterway at the Bridgeport Marketplace was irresponsible? Who approves these plans? It doesn’t take a genius to see that if you have an established habitat, such as Bridgeport, on one side of an extremely busy street and build another inviting water feature on the other side of the street, it’s certain death for these birds.

I know that there are a lot of people who just don’t care and obviously that included the people involved in this business venture and those who approved the plans.  

I’m no expert in animal husbandry but I saw this pending disaster before they even finished the Bridgeport Marketplace.

Do you mean to tell me that no one else did? Does anyone else see this ... and if you do, please take the time to speak out for the animals.  

They have no voice, and we’re all they have. It’s a thing of beauty to see a mother duck or goose with her babies in tow ... it’s a horror to see them lying dead in the road.

Someone needs to look beyond how much money can be made at whatever the cost.  


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