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Speeding Boats Injuring Wildlife on Johnson's Pond in Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md.- People living in Salisbury are growing more and more concerned with speeding boats that are injuring animals on Johnson's Pond. 

Neighbors say they've seen beavers, geese, and otters injured by boats--and have even had to administer medical attention to animals on the spot.

Nadine Kordich, who lives right on Johnson's Pond, says that on Sunday she rescued a goose on the water that was in bad shape. 

"So my husband took the kayak out and got the goose, and his head, you could see it's skull, it was bleeding," Kordich says.

Kordich says she wants to see speed limits on the water. But a spokesperson from Maryland Department of Natural Resources says the water is unregulated, and boaters can go as fast as they want, within reason.

DNR says if neighbors want to bring speed limits to the water in their area, it is about a year-long process.

But neighbors like Robin Stegman wants to see action sooner, rather than later.

"Speed signs would be fantastic," she says. Stegman has dogs and kids that are frequently near the water. She also worries for other boaters and their safety.

"Especially with all the kayakers we see now, I mean we used to see people all weekend long, there's kayakers and canoers, that does make me nervous for them," Stegman ays. 

 

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