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Lethal Management of Canada Geese Poll

Over the last few weeks we have been getting calls from our supporters asking us to help end the practice of killing Canada geese to control their flocks in New York – Thanks for raising this issue and your concerns! But New York does not stand alone in implementing this disturbing management control practice. Edgewater, New Jersey has been making recent headlines as they have contracted with the United States Department of Agriculture to kill Canada geese, labeled as “nuisance” birds, in an effort to reduce their population.

This year, however, the program, which involves rounding up and gassing the animals with carbon dioxide sometime in June or July, has drawn criticism from the League of Humane Voters of New Jersey and other animal welfare activists. Nicholas Pugliese, The Record

We know from firsthand experience that too often the solution to human-wildlife conflict is simply a matter of convenience – employing options that are lethal or export habitat conservation efforts to other areas.

Here’s your chance to tell us what do you think…

Should Canada geese be captured and gassed or slaughtered to control their urban and suburban populations?

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    Marion Ambler

    This question should really never be asked and the groups killing the geese are depending on people being unaware of humane ways to manage their population. They also depend on lying and misinforming people…the geese as health threats is often used but it really has no credibility. And you will never see a health profession actually making that claim…it’s always lay people.

    A role model community for goose population management is the Okanagan Valley of BC, Canada. The goose management program was developed with the help of Environment Canada…the federal government. When was the last time the American ‘federal government agency helped plan a longterm egg addling plan to manage geese NON lethally??? Likely never because killing geese is a real cash cow for them.

    The Okanagan Valley is a major tourist area, it’s Canada’s california climate and geography wise, and it is about the same size as the state of NJ. They have an out 2500 permanent resident Canada geese and have addled over 10,000 eggs in the first 8 years. It is just a matter of will. Key to their program is having the public report nests on private property so eggs can be addled there as well as on public property and in parks.

    “Egg addling program continues to control goose population”
    March 30, 2015

    Background – During the past eight seasons, more than 10,000 eggs have been prevented from hatching through this minimally invasive approach.

    KEY TO THE SUCCESS OF THE PROGRAM IS FINDING NEW NESTS. THE PUBLIC IS ASKED TO REPORT lone geese, pairs of geese, or nest locations on private or public land
    In the continuing effort to control the Canada Goose population in the Okanagan Valley, the Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program is about to initiate its annual egg addling program.

    Now in its ninth year, this program continues to prevent an increase of the non-migratory resident goose population of approximately 2,500 birds that inhabit the valley all year-round.


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