Advocacy Group Speaks on Behalf of Mamaroneck Geese

The founder of Westchester4Geese said if the goose slaughter takes place in Mamaroneck, it should be televised.


Kiley Blackman, the founder of nonprofit group Westchester4Geese, spoke to Larchmont Patch at Harbor Island yesterday about how other municipalities have handled the problem of goose overpopulation.

Blackman has asked for a meeting with Village of Mamaroneck officials, to discuss alternatives to the goose slaughter that's scheduled for this summer.  She said she became involved with the cause again after the City of Yonkers culled geese last year in an effort to control the population.

So far, Yonkers has been the only Westchester municipality to slaughter geese, said Blackman. Scarsdale reconsidered a plan to cull geese, however, they canceled their plans after public outcry.

Onyx Embridge March 01, 2013 at 12:40 AM
I live in Vancouver, BC and we have over 600 permanent resident Canada geese in our city which isn't that large by land mass. We have NEVER had a public problem with our geese. They're beautiful, they're fun, they're adorable in the spring with their families. They are very admirable birds. Stay home if nature bothers you. I will add Vancouver has been recognized as one of the most liveable cities in the world, the most 'reputable' and is now also the most expensive city to live in in North America....and we have lots of geese. You don't have a goose problem...you have an entitled anti nature anti life human problem.
Onyx Embridge March 01, 2013 at 12:53 AM
There is a humane way and many communities coexist peacefully with geese. My city addles eggs and has done it for years; although not even religiously as last year we had tons of goslings. We have lots of permanent resident geese and they have never been a problem. Central BC, an area the size of NJ, also uses egg addling. Communities have geese, they know they have babies...they should do the math. NEWS RELEASE : Egg addling controls Canada goose population Last year, field crews located and addled 1308 eggs from 274 nests between Vernon and Osoyoos,” said Project Coordinator Kate Hagmeier. http://www.okanagangooseplan.com/?p=195
Onyx Embridge March 01, 2013 at 12:58 AM
And I would add....there is a lot more to it than geese simply adapting to humans. The real reason you have many geese today is because they were once almost extinct so government wildlife agencies deliberately propagated and released them; also back in the day market hunters were forced to release their live decoys. You can trace the 'goose problem' right back to deliberate efforts by humans. “The Giant Canada Goose, used to breed in southern Canada and the northern United States but disappeared from most of its range by the late 1800s. Early settlers may have gathered Giant Canada Goose eggs and rounded up and slaughtered many of the geese during the flightless moulting period. Beginning in the early 1900s, Canada Geese FROM CAPTIVE BREEDING FLOCKS WERE REINTRODUCED into the southern parts of their former range. This practice continued through much of the 20th century, and Canada Geese were eventually restored in Pennsylvania, New York, Ontario, and west to southern Alberta. DURING THIS PERIOD, GEESE WERE ALSO INTRODUCED TO AREAS WHERE THEY MAY NOT HAVE BRED BEFORE. The story of the Canada Goose in the last hundred years highlights the successes and dilemmas of North American waterfowl management. Although challenges lie ahead, THE CANADA GOOSE IS ONE OF THE GREAT SUCCESS STORIES OF WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT TODAY”. http://www.hww.ca/hww2.asp?id=35
Kim March 01, 2013 at 02:58 AM
Thank you Onyx Embridge for bringing perspective to this issue. There are plenty of cities and towns who coexist with geese. Many people enjoy them. All of our complaining and talk of killing must make us look pretty bad to places like Vancouver who wonder what on earth the fuss is about.
Kim March 01, 2013 at 01:52 PM
As Patty A correctly points out, there will be an eerie silence among waterfowl when the geese are killed. That is precisely why wildlife advocates are so passionately against killing. We humans have a curious habit of being dangerously short-sighted when it comes to nature. We think that a quick, violent solution will "fix" an inconvenience, but what it does it cause more problems in the short and long-term.We can't predict which other species will disappear after a roundup, nor can we predict what will fill the vacuum left by the geese, be it more geese or something else that we label as "invasive" or "troublesome." Peaceful co-existence through education and creative problem-solving is the ONLY way. Like it or not, Canada geese are here to stay. WE cultivated them, on purpose, because hunters really loved to shoot them. WE repopulated them after they were hunted into oblivion. And WE attract them by our lifestyle which enjoys golf, soccer, football, and manicured lawns. How illogical and unethical to now try to exterminate them.


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