Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting
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Humane Goose Control
This one was sent to the Coast Star (Monmouth
To the Editor:
Avon-by-the-sea Commissioner Dan Gibney and other officials are looking into
acquiring depredation permits that would permit the borough to round up and
kill the thirty-five to forty Canada geese who are living around the area of
Sylvan Lake. (Activists cry foul over plan to kill geese - July, 3). While
we do understand that there are some issues involved with Canada Geese that
may seem unpleasant to some, we are happy to report that these issues can be
addressed in a non-violent and completely humane manner.
Commissioner Gibney is quoted as saying "We would seek the most humane way
of removing the geese." Luckily for the geese, the Commissioner has many
options to choose from if he intends to live up to his word.
The Virginia/Washington D.C. based GeesePeace, is an organization dedicated
to building better communities though innovative, effective, and humane
solutions to wildlife conflicts.
GeesePeace has been working with New York Senator Chuck Schumer on a program
in Nassau County that will control geese without resorting to lethal
measures. Since the Nassau program has been well received by county
officials and the public, we respectfully urge Avon borough officials to
contact GeesePeace and learn how to implement their
program on a local scale.
The 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 them. Using
exclusion barriers, humane repellants, and habitat modification, geese are
taught that the area where they previously lived is no longer a welcome
resting place for them.
The lethal round-ups that take place throughout New Jersey are not only
exceedingly cruel; they are ineffective by design so that the exterminator
is ensured a continuing customer year after year. It is only through
humane, nonviolent solutions that long-term goose control can become a
For more information on Canada geese and the issues and solutions
surrounding their residence in suburban neighborhoods, please visit
contact the Coalition to Prevent the Destruction of Canada Geese at (845) 425-7116 or
Wildlife Watch, Inc.
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