Stop the Killing of Wild Monk Parakeets in Connectict

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Nathaniel Woodson, United Illuminating Co.
Dale May, Connecticut Dept. of Environmental Protection
Monte D. Chandler, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
Milan Bull, Connecticut Audubon Society
M. Jodi Rell, Governor of Connecticut

Re: Stop the Killing of Wild Monk Parakeets in Connecticut

We, the undersigned, object to the cruel and inhumane killing of Connecticuts wild Monk Parakeets (aka wild Quaker Parrots) and call upon you to cease the recent effort to kill the same.

It is immoral take living and conscious birds for research, and it is immoral to kill them.

We believe that there are more humane alternatives to Monk Parakeet population control that need to be explored.

We realize that these birds are not indigenous to Connecticut, but we ask that you recognize that these birds are well loved by the majority of members in your service community and that they have minimal impact on the local environment.

We respectfully request that you consult with other utility companies (e.g. PSE&G in New Jersey and Con Ed in New York) who have chosen to utilize humane alternatives to death or euthanasia and to utilize their model of humane treatment within your company.

Wild Monk Parakeets have been in the area for over 30 years, and the physical structures that attracted them to your utility poles are the result of the creations of human planners. If the planners did not anticipate birds nests, then it is the planners responsibility. It is unacceptable to take the "easy way out" and punish the birds for the the lack of planning on the part of United Illuminating.

Most, if not all, utility companies who provide power to communities that Monk Parakeets call "home", have a protocol to deal with nests atop their poles, including:
--scheduling regular nest "trimmings"
--scheduling nest teardowns at a time when babies and eggs are not in the nests, and
--agreeing to perform nest teardowns at a time when harsh weather conditions do not pose a life-threatening risk to the birds.
We implore you to do the same.

Human wisdom is now needed to devise a way to steer the birds to more natural settings.

Please, redirect the resources from the killing of the birds to an enlightened response. This issue has been successfully managed in New York and New Jersey; surely, the same is possible in Connecticut.