In a recent
article published in the Tribune (Birds baffling North Brunswick, 9/06)
Mayor David Spaulding is quoted as saying "We have to seriously consider
killing some geese," and "…what alternative do we have?"
Mayor Spaulding and even luckier for the geese, there is a plethora of
effective, non-lethal methods of goose control. In accordance with the
non-violent management techniques that are sought by several members of
the North Brunswick Township Council, we would like to suggest to Mayor
Spaulding the following:
Virginia/Washington D.C. based GeesePeace is an organization dedicated
to building better communities though innovative, effective, and humane
solutions to wildlife conflicts.
GeesePeace program is one of education and participation. Non-violent
control methods are taught to local officials, and personnel are trained
in how to put these techniques into practice. Where the program excels,
is in its ability to draw geese away from heavily-traveled areas and
then modify the existing habitat so that it is no longer attractive to
has implemented humane goose control programs in many municipalities and
has recently collaborated with New York Senator Chuck Schumer to bring
such a program to Nassau County.
Watch is one of several animal and environmental protection
organizations that opposes violent, lethal control of Canada geese and
instead, supports the implementation of non-lethal programs. We urge
Mayor Spaulding to contact GeesePeace at the following address to learn
more about their successful program: GeesePeace, 6405 Lakeview Drive
Falls Church, VA 22041 (703) 354-1713.
Park, NJ 07662