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Humane Treatment for Canada Geese

Letter to the Editor published in The Journal  News
September 7, 2012

Re "500 Canada geese removed from Sprain Lake Golf Course, euthanized," July 11 article.

We were distressed to hear of the geese slaughter at Sprain Golf Course. The Westchester county executive's office told us previously that Westchester County was committed to not killing geese. If this policy was changed, the avian-advocacy groups here should have been informed beforehand, especially as that golf course is on a public facility. We are residents, we pay taxes, we vote; and we speak for those who cannot.

The Canada geese were brought here; they are not endemic to the area. They are sociable, have a high tolerance for people, mind their own business and only squawk if their babies or food sources are disturbed. The geese have committed no crime; killing them for enjoying the same grass and ponds as we do is unacceptable. Nonlethal methods of dispersal have been used successfully all over the

Recently at a shopping center we were treated to the sight of mama and poppa goose with their fuzzy babies. Geese are very protective of their babies; they herded the kids majestically, to the delight of the public, who took pictures and were awed at the sight of the avian family unit, so like our own. Please contact the county executive's office and urge them to stand by their word, keeping this county humane for all.

Kiley Blackman

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