Canada Geese New Jersey
May 4, 2010--The weekly public meeting of
township council Mount Laurel, New Jersey
was held last night at the municipal building at
100 Mount Laurel Road.
Mayor Jim Keenan strongly denied that the township will be employing
“humane euthanasia” as an option for the geese overpopulation at
Laurel Acres Parkdespite the Manager, Jennifer fact Township
Blumenthal and her office have gone on record saying humane euthanasia
as defined by AVMA and USDA will be utilized along with egg addling to
thin the geese population at the park.
Mayor Keenan said the township has not authorized all parts of the
contract. He was adamant in his tone when he told
even though Wilson
the contract has been signed; the township council has only authorized
the counting of nests and addling of eggs – not euthanasia, humane or
Unfortunately, Blumenthal is on vacation and was not at the meeting to
confirm or deny her remarks. Mayor Keenan and Councilwomen Riley and
Bobo (in their closing remarks) deferred to Township Manager, Jennifer
Blumenthal regarding the geese at
. Laurel Acres Park
So, if you are against euthanasia of geese at the park please let
Blumenthal, Mayor Keenan and Councilmember’s know your feelings. They
can be emailed at:
Mayor Keenan JimKeenan08054@gmail.com Jennifer Blumenthal, Township
Manager email@example.com Councilwoman Tracy Riley
CouncilRiley@aol.com Deputy Mayor McCaffrey
CouncilmanMcCaffrey@mountlaurel.com Councilwoman Linda Bobo
firstname.lastname@example.org Councilman Chris Smith
Killing of the geese was recently addressed in this editorial in the Philadelphia Enquirer
Colorful, noisy, ubiquitous: The Canada goose is a bit like a vuvuzela. Those fiercely festive stadium horns, whose drone has become the unofficial World Cup soundtrack, inspire a mix of love and hate. So, too, do the 20-pound, year-round birds who grace and deface the landscaped greens that are their pastures. Just ask the patrons of Laurel Acres Park in Mount Laurel, the latest local focal point in this ceaseless interspecies conflict. "The geese are a nuisance," says township resident Tracey Charles, who walks the park several times a week with her infant daughter, Grace. "They're everywhere, and their droppings are gross," adds Charles, a paralegal. "But I don't know how you humanely kill them." Depends on how one defines humane. U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines allow for all manner of management techniques, up to and including what they refer to as "euthanasia." Advocates for the Laurel Acres geese say this could include having the birds professionally rounded up, put in a chamber on a truck, and gassed. They've lobbied against lethal techniques for weeks, and planned to attend a township council session scheduled for last night. "It's not like we're saying don't do anything. We're saying, use humane methods," says Mount Laurel resident Tina Wilson. "When they gas them, it's not like euthanizing a pet. You can hear their wings flapping as they suffocate. It's horrible." Wilson and others suggest egg-addling (essentially scrambling the egg in its shell), strategic landscaping (geese like a water view), and deploying Border Collies (the birds don't find them nearly as adorable as we do). "There's no need to kill the geese. There's a better way and it's been proven," says Sharon Pawlak of Marlton, (should read "Medford") national coordinator of the Coalition to Prevent the Destruction of Canada Geese. The nonprofit group maintains the website www.canadageesenewjersey.com. (The Coalition's web site is www.canadageese.org , not www.canadageesenewjersey.com , "Look, no one wants to step in the droppings," says Pawlak, who admires the Canada goose for its intelligence and family values. As for public concern that the birds could carry diseases that endanger humans, she adds, "You're more likely to get sick from a dog or a cat." Wilson and Pawlak say the township rarely enforces its no-feeding regulations at Laurel Acres. They also insist it has only sporadically tried to control the geese population through nonlethal means. Last week I reached out to Township Manager Jennifer Blumenthal, evidently Mount Laurel's sole authorized spokeswoman on geese. She has been quoted elsewhere saying that euthanasia "is still an option." I hadn't heard from her by deadline. But I empathize with anyone trying to navigate this tricky issue - especially at a time when, given what's happening to wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico, we humans might want to cut our avian friends a break. Canada geese are handsome, noble - and so numerous in some places that the air reeks and the grass is fuzzy with down. The good news: That's not the case, not yet, at Laurel Acres. On a recent hot afternoon, a single goose floated in the park's picturesque pond, but droppings and feathers were abundant. People were all over the place. "I think they're more of an attraction than a deterrent," said John Fitzpatrick, who lives in Marlton. "It's their domain. We're the intruders," said Lynn Martorano, also of Marlton. Thelma Gibson, visiting from Burlington Township with her four grandchildren, agreed: "We should just learn to live with them."
Another Goose kill in Michigan
Officials in Wisconsin are planning to kill Geese at a local park.
The news account is below.
If you would like to join the effort to stop this and other kills, or if you would like more information, please email to:
The following is a recent appeal for help in reaction to a goose roundup and kill in Michigan.
THERE WILL BE A GOOSE ROUND-UP THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 19TH AT NEVA LAKE IN
WHITE LAKE, MICHIGAN. I THINK THEY USUALLY TRY TO BEGIN THE ROUND-UPS
REALLY EARLY LIKE 5:30AM - SIXISH.
I READ SOMETHING RECENTLY THAT ONE OF THE OTHER LAKES HELD THEIR"ROUND-UP EVENT", AS THEY CALLED IT, AT 5:30AM COMPLETE WITH COFFEE AND DONUTS. ANYWAY, I'D LIKE TO SEE A BUNCH OF PEOPLE THERE IN THE WATER TAKING VIDEO AND MAKING IT AS DIFFICULT AS POSSIBLE FOR THEM TO GET THESE GUYS.
FROM WHAT A RESIDENT SAID, THERE ARE LESS THEN 20 ON THE LAKE. WE HAVE LAKE ACCESS AT A COUPLE HOUSES, SO ANYONE INTERESTED CAN E-MAIL ME AND I CAN GIVE THEM THE INFO. AS MUCH AS I DON'T WANT TO SEE IT, I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE VIDEO TO BE PUT OUT ON THE WEB. MAYBE SOMEONE OF IMPORTANCE WOULD TAKE AN INTEREST AND HELP PUT A STOP TO THESE ROUND-UPS. I'M DREAMING. I KNOW IT, BUT
HOPEFUL. WE ARE ALSO LOOKING FOR PEOPLE IN THE AREA TO BOMBARD OUR DNR WITH LETTERS OF OUTRAGE.
OUR DNR DOES NOT VERIFY THE APPLICATIONS THAT THEY ARE APPROVING.THEREFORE, PEOPLE ARE NOT TRYING TO DETER THE GEESE IN ANY WAY. THEY JUST APPLY FOR A ROUND-UP EVERY YEAR AND THEY APPROVE IT, NO QUESTIONS ASKED. THIS HAS TO STOP. IF THEY E-MAIL ME, I CAN GIVE THEM THIS INFO AS WELL. IF PEOPLE ARE WILLING, MAYBE WE CAN GET THE GEESE OFF THIS LAKE BEFORE THEY DO. THERE IS ANOTHER LAKE TOO, COMMERCE LAKE, THAT HAS 22 GEESE ON A 782 ACRE LAKE AND THEY ARE DOING A ROUND-UP. THERE ARE 5 OR 6 ADULTS AND THE REST BABIES.
PLEASE HELP US ANYWAY YOU THINK YOU CAN. THANKS ALOT!
ALSO, THERE IS ANOTHER ROUND-UP ON WATKINS LAKE IN WATERFORD,
MICHIGAN NEXT FRIDAY, JUNE 25TH. .SAME DEAL IF ANYONE CAN COME OUT.
The following is a first person account of a the goose round up and kill June 19, 2010 in Michigan.
Here's the update on the geese....We were able to make contact
with Karen. She is AMAZING! She has done anything and everything
to try to help the geese. However, the killing still goes on!
We were there this morning from 5:30 to 9 :30 am. We tried to
lure the animals to the lawns of friendly neighbors, but they
wouldn't come. Pro-killing neighbors were all over the place,
happy to help with the round up. They trespassed on private
property , threatened to death a geese-friendly neighbor (old
man with a cane), harassed us, threatened to find out our addresses
and come to our houses, falsely claimed to be a police officer,
and the list goes on and on. If this is the way they treated humans
(who people like them believe are superior), you can just imagine
how they treated the animals. It was like a witch hunt... the
masses running with torches and pitchforks after an innocent
being, but in this case they were using boats and the chased were
the geese. They chased the birds back and forth across the lake
(defenseless birds that cannot fly and would not leave their
babies behind), corralled them, penned them. At one point, there
were 9 boats surrounding one goose!!! Later, the animals were
grabbed by the wings to be taken into the truck to transport them
to their death. It was heartbreaking! AND... a DNR officer was in
the area, but he only cared to interrogate the people opposed to
the round up. Thankfully, we have most of this horrendous
experience in video and will get it out there for people to learn
the truth. We found a lot of ignorance among the neighbors. Some
believed the animals were going to get relocated and most had
never heard about habitat modification, deterrents and scare
tactics to control the geese. It's going to be a rough ride!
Canada Goose Kill Slated for Madison
By KRISTIN CZUBKOWSKI | The Capital Times | kristinc@madison. com |
Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 6:34 am |
Citing the need to prevent a "Miracle on the Hudson" emergency landing
in Madison, the city's Board of Park Commissioners signed off Wednesday
night on a plan to kill geese at Warner Park.
The reduction proposal would involve the first lethal measures taken
against geese in a Madison park despite years of discussion about how
these geese -- and their droppings -- are overwhelming city parks,
particularly Vilas Park on the near west side.
The hazard the large birds pose to airport traffic, however, has sped
up the process at Warner Park, located off Northport Drive on the north
side, with introduction and approval of the plan all at the same
The proposal was brought forth by representatives of the Dane County
Regional Airport, who confirmed on Thursday that they were proposing
that 80 to 100 geese be captured and euthanized early this summer, when
the birds are molting and flightless.
The geese would be euthanized by U.S. Department of Agriculture staff
according to American Veterinary Medical Association- approved methods,
Dane County environmental officer Lowell Wright said at the parks
commission Wednesday night. Once tested for safety, the meat could be
donated to local food pantries.
Airport operators are responsible for wildlife management within 10,000
feet of an airport according to federal regulations, Wright told
commissioners. Warner Park is 7,500 feet from the airport's main runway
and was identified as a problem area after nine of the 67 birds
captured on airport land in 2008 and 2009 were found to be Canada geese
banded by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at Warner Park.
The DNR counted 132 resident geese in the park in that 2007 banding.
Geese, due to their large size, are particular flight hazards because
they cause substantial damage when they are struck by airplanes or
sucked into engines, said Dane County Regional Airport spokeswoman
Jennifer Miller. Most notably, a flock of geese disabled the famous
Flight 1549 out of New York in January 2009, which prompted a
"miraculous" emergency landing on the Hudson River.
After the incident, New York officials approved the killing of more
than 1,200 geese near the city's major airports and the Federal
Aviation Administration required all major airports to conduct wildlife
hazard assessments if they had not already.
"I think you've got a dangerous situation there. I don't want to test
out another Miracle on the Hudson here," said Ald. Joe Clausius, a
member of the commission.