The city hopes to cut down on the number of people feeding bread to geese and ducks at Melton Lake Park by installing bird feeders this week.
The new coin-operated feeders will dispense a handful of high-protein pellets for $0.25, which can then be thrown into the Clinch River to feed the waterfowl, a city press release said.
The feeders are being installed on a trial basis by Vaulted Vending.
The press release said Oak Ridge officials have discouraged bird feeding because the waterfowl create a mess and bread can be harmful to them. Feeding them the wrong kind of food can also make them more aggressive.
“We hope the new feeders will eliminate the harmful bread from the bird’s diet and will also move the birds away from the picnic facilities at the park,” said Josh Collins, Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks director.
The press release said the installation of the new feeders could also produce some money to be used for park improvements.
“These feeders have been successful in numerous other communities that have large populations of geese and ducks,” the release said.
For more information, contact Collins at (865) 425-3450 or visit the city’s website at www.oakridgetn.gov.