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Articles Mamaroneck, USDA approve no-kill pact for geese
Mamaroneck, USDA approve no-kill pact for geese
More nests, eggs will be disrupted
On Monday, the village received confirmation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture amending an $8,700 contract to cull the geese population in the village.
“We are allowing and proceeding with discovering nests and oiling eggs,” a letter from the village, signed by both Village Manager Richard Slingerland and Martin Lowney, a state director for USDA, says. “We are not allowing any removal or capturing of geese during molt or any processing of geese for food, or any killing of geese.”
Following major opposition to the village’s contract by residents and animal defenders, the village decided earlier this month to do away with any lethal methods. The initial contract called for capturing the geese this summer during their molting period — when they shed their wing feathers and can’t fly — and donating the meat to food banks. Their nests would be treated with corn oil to prevent eggs from hatching.
The cost of the contract will not come down, rather the efforts will be directed toward finding more nests and eggs, said Slingerland.
Kiley Blackman of Westchester4Geese and Animal Defenders of Westchester said it was a “thrilling, extremely happy day” for those opposed to the geese slaughter.
She also thanked Trustees Leon Potok, Ilissa Miller and Andres Bermudez Hallstrom for “standing up for what they believed was the right, decent and kind way to proceed with their geese neighbors.”
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