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The following speaks for itself. It clearly illustrates the arrogance of the game agencies in dealing with the public. Gregg Feigelson, Chair of the Coalition to Prevent the Destruction of Canada Geese, a committee of Wildlife Watch, Inc., received this response to his letter whose questions are obvious.

Dear Mr. Feigelson:

Thank you for your inquiry regarding concerns for the hunting of Canada geese in New Jersey State Parks. In reply to your specific questions, I offer the following:

1. The State Park Service has not conducted any studies/surveys or relied upon such for determining whether Canada geese in parks are resident or migratory populations. [They claim they are not killing “migratory” geese].

2. No State Park studies/surveys have been conducted to determine the injuries, damages or hazards to property, public safety or public health caused by Canada geese. [They claim geese are a health hazard] We have received numerous verbal and written complaints from the park visitors sharing their concerns for health, water contamination, beaches/lawns littered with feces from the geese. [We, on the other hand, had shocked responses from park visitors who learned of the hunt. No one complained about goose poop.]

3. The State Park Service has not issued or relied upon any written guidelines on the classification of Canada geese as “resident.”

4. The Division of Parks and Forestry recognizes hunting as a legitimate recreational activity for parks and forests. The majority of the acreage administered is open to hunting.

The Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife establishes New Jersey’s hunting seasons, related laws, rules and regulations. State Park Service supports and enforces these hunting rules and regulations within parks and forests.

I recommend that you contact the Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife regarding your interest in survey data or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Sincerely,

Gregory A. Marshall

Director

In case you think only New Jersey hunting agents are arrogant, here’s a letter to our Texas member, Gayle H.B., from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 4200 Smith School Rd. Austin, TX 78744 Phone 512-389-4800. He wrote:

Dear Ms. B:

Your recent letter to Mr. Sansom has been referred to me for response.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. recognizes your desire to appreciate wildlife through photography and other non-consumptive methods. That is your right and we fully respect it. We wish that you would similarly respect the rights of others who have chosen to appreciate and utilize those renewable wildlife resources in a consumptive manner through regulated hunting and fishing activities.

The interest of wildlife will best be served if all segments of the public, both hunters and nonhunters, pool their resources to promote proper land use practices to preserve and enhance the habitats which are necessary to support wildlife. Hunters and fishermen fund the vast majority of these efforts through license sales and excise taxes on sporting goods. They would welcome similar financial support from the non-hunting segment.

If all segments of the population combined their efforts, instead of wasting resources in an adversarial role, wildlife would be the primary benefactor and we would each be assured the continued opportunity to utilize wildlife through our chosen means.

Thank you for your interest and support for proper wildlife management.

Sincerely,

H.G. Kothmann

Public Hunts Coordinator

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