GRASS ROOTS CAMPAIGN GUIDELINE
The following suggestions are
provided for those willing to spearhead a
geese grass roots campaign in an effort to prevent lethal round ups from
occurring in their community.
Chase geese out of area prior to
round up. Traditionally, round ups occur during the summer months when
adult geese are molting and goslings are not yet fully feathered,
rendering the birds flightless. Consequently, the geese will have to
walk out of the area. (It is
perfectly legal to chase geese out of an area but they must NOT be
touched. To injure or kill a goose in the process of chasing is to
violate the Migratory Bird Treat Act; a misdemeanor crime under the
law.) Generally, a round up location is cordoned off by local police
or other law enforcement officers. Chasing geese or any form of
interference while a round up is being conducted could result in arrest.
Alert residents of the
community. Chances are good they are unaware of a plan to have geese
rounded up and killed.
1. Make up
flyers for distribution. (Do not place in mail boxes
2. Create a phone
tree. Call five like-minded
residents and request
they each call five more residents – and so on.
Form committee group and choose
a name, such as Save the (Twin Lakes) Geese. Hold meetings to
brainstorm strategy. Use the
name when speaking with the media.
Contact all local newspapers and
request they do a story on pending round up.
Write Letters to the Editors of
all local newspapers. Encourage others to write, as well. The more
letters to the editors, the more likely the newspapers will follow the
Circulate a Petition. Example:
We the undersigned strongly
oppose the lethal management of
geese and call upon the (Twin
Counsel Members) to abandon any
round up plan that results in the death of the geese and/or
Killing programs have proven ineffective and counterproductive when a
void is created for other geese to fill, whereas, a well designed,
goose abatement program, carried out in all sincerity and with humane
intentions, will resolve any human-goose conflicts (Twin Lakes) is
If physically circulating a petition
is not possible, consider starting an “online” petition at:
When completed, e-mail the petition’s web site address to every
like-minded person you know, requesting they sign and forward it to every
like-minded person they know. Only through continual forwarding will the
e-mail petition gather a substantial number of signatures. Once a
substantial number of signatures are gathered, send petition web site
address to all local newspapers.
The petition information will add additional interest to articles
written about the round up.
Print out the petition and present to those who decided to have a
round up conducted.
Attend meetings of community
officials where round up is going to take place, i.e. Municipal Counsel
meetings, County Commissioners/Selectmen/Freeholders meetings,
Homeowner/Condo Association Board meetings, to express opposition to the
round up. Encourage like-minded residents to attend, as well. There is
strength in numbers. Expressing
opposition from the head rather than the heart will have more impact.
Provide goose facts and present suggestions on non-lethal goose
abatement tools and techniques in an effort to encourage decision makers
to adopt a non-lethal program.
further information on Canada
geese visit the following web sites:
Coalition to Prevent the Destruction of Canada Geese
2. Canada Geese New Jersey
3. Humane Society of the
If necessary, consider staging a
demonstration (protest) prior to the round up and alert media with date,
time and location. (Some communities require obtaining a demonstration
permit.) Should efforts fail to
stop a round up from occurring, consider staging a candle light vigil
demonstration after the round up and alert media.
Don’t waste time writing or
calling any government agencies for assistance in stopping a round up,
such as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, DNR, USDA Wildlife Service,
because these agencies either issue the Depredation Permits required to
conduct round ups or conduct the round ups themselves.
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