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'Larchmont Awaits USDA 'Recommendations' for Geese'
May 30, 2013
Larchmont's geese may be looking at more than a fine for their public
defecation in Flint Park.
The Village of Larchmont has contracted
with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the tune
of $3,320, to have the federal agency coat Canada Goose eggs with corn
oil to prevent hatching. The method of egg addling tricks the goose into
thinking the egg is still developing so that she won't lay additional
According to the April 28 contract, the USDA will conduct a "goose
damage management program" by performing population surveys followed by
two visits to either coat the eggs with oil or puncture them.
In the contract, the village states that approximately 100 Canada Geese
have taken up residence in Flint Park, depositing what they say is up to
1/2 pound of excrement during the summer months.
It is unknown
if the USDA will recommend additional methods to be taken to remove the
geese population, such as the goose slaughter originally planned in the
Village of Mamaroneck before their contract was amended after an outcry
from the public and animal rights' organizations.
McAndrews told Patch, "We have not received any recommendations from the
USDA yet. The only contract the Village had with the USDA was for egg
oiling. The USDA rep will give us a report on Monday on the egg
oiling, what they call 'egg and nest management,' and their
recommendations for future action, if any."
The Board will meet
with the USDA in a work session on Monday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the
conference room at Village Hall. The session is open to the public,
however, no comments will be allowed.
McAndrews said that any
future contract with the USDA would be voted on in a public session.
Kylie Blackman, founder of Westchester4Geese, hopes that village
officials will consult with her organization before making any further
decisions regarding geese in the community.
'recommends' killing, period. They stated this clearly in a work
session before the Mamaroneck mayor and Board of Trustees, 'advising'
that 'nothing else works,' which is a blatant lie. Many communities here
and across the U.S. have used non-lethal methods of management
successfully—and usually at far less cost than the USDA price tag," she
said in a statement.
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