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Take Action to Stop Mamaroneck, NY Goose Slaughter

February 26, 2013 | Take Action / Hunting & Wildlife Management / Geese


Contact: Edita Birnkrant, NY Director

Mamaroneck, NY Set to Slaughter Canada Geese in Parks
Calls to Mayor Norm Rosenblum Needed to Stop the Killing

The town of Mamaroneck, NY located in Westchester County on Long Island Sound, announced it's hiring USDA agents this summer to annihilate Canada geese who reside in Harbor Island Park, the town's largest park, and other areas. USDA's "Wildlife Services" will also destroy eggs in nests, in addition to rounding-up and killing adult geese and goslings starting in June 2013.

Mayor Norm Rosenblum, who ordered the killing, claims goose droppings are too numerous -- charging ahead with an intolerant, misguided assault -- even though Mamaroneck purchased a $30,000 "Toro Rake-O-Vac" machine to effectively remove goose droppings from grassy areas and parks. Go figure.

goose manual

The Mayor needs a different mindset, and plan to use the machine recently purchased with tax dollars to clean up goose droppings in parks. Officials must make it a policy to clean up waste matter instead of saying all geese within town limits must die. Posting signs and enforcing no-feeding and littering rules are also sensible steps.
Mayor Rosenblum told News 12 Westchester that Mamaroneck paid for dogs to chase the geese away but "it didn't work." Friends of Animals could have predicted that. Harassing geese from areas won't work because if flat, grassy areas remain unchanged. Geese will move in when others leave, occupying those areas for nesting, especially in the summer.

Habitat and landscape modifications are environmentally sound, long-term ways to deter geese from areas where they are seen as problematic -- clearly what's needed in Mamaroneck. Co-existence with geese and other wildlife neighbors is required as a part of evolved suburban living. Is Mayor Rosenblem prepared to spend the residents' taxes each year to kill geese instead of implementing the effective strategies Friends of Animals endorses?

Geese are attracted to areas with short, mowed grass with open sight lines as safe nesting areas. Growing grass longer in areas, planting native shrubs and trees to block sight lines (geese like to watch for predators), will deter geese from ponds, shores and parkland -- reducing the time they spend in any one spot -- especially for the 6 week period in summer when they're moulting.

Friends of Animals produces a Canada Goose Habitat Modification Manual detailing this process, and hopes to meet with Mayor Rosenblum to present him with the manual. We'll urge him to implement the changes and spare the geese.

Take Action:

Please call Mayor Norm Rosenblum and tell him to cancel the mean-spirited plan to slaughter Canada geese. Remind him that goose roundups are monstrous--USDA agents typically enter the pond area during early morning, roughly separating goslings from parents, and then stuff the bound, panicked geese and babies into crates. Next, the geese are gassed or shot to death. Ask the Mayor if he imagines such immorality is preferable to cleaning the grass and modifying some habitat and landscapes.

Village of Mamaroneck -Mayor Norman S. Rosenblum
Phone: (914) 777-7738


Everywhere I turn Animals everywhere are being abused and slaughtered What is wrong with people? Makes me so sad so sad.

look around us – we Are the part of nature! how can we destroy any living creature just to serve our needs? every single thing on a planet have their own purpose! how can we play god? unbelievable decision! How can we help to stop it?

we are on this earth to MANAGE, not to destroy everything that seems like a problem......we are not thinking, really, we are destroying ourselves.

Once it starts in New York City, the slaughter will continue elsewhere unless an example is set here to stop this senseless slaughter.

I have emailed the mayor and made a case that the only sane, humane, and solid solution is modifying the parks to remove the features that draw the geese, in addition to putting in waterfowl buffer areas to satisfy the birds' needs. I hope others will write him and do the same. Also asked him why he isn't utilizing the machine bought with taxpayer dollars to remove the droppings, in the meantime.

Please leave the geese alone. Use the machine that is available for the cleanup. Is killing the only answer, I think not. Use the brain that God gave you and think of a better plan. Remember the animals do not do as much to Mother Earth that the humans do.

This is just absurd the way "politicians" think they can stop an animal, natural to this habitat, from staying there. They always want to take the easy way out.. yea, kill them all, that'll do it...this will stop those darn geese..Oh, please! Residents should be outraged over this. This is idiotic, to say the least. And to use our tax payers dollars? I'll be real surprised if the Mayor ends up meeting with Friends of Animals for a discussion, but I'll be hoping that a non-violent resolution will come out of this.

Governments will very typically take the lazy way to "resolve" issues of human-animal conflict. And the problems are just perpetuated. Residents should be embarrassed about the lack of reasoned thought that their legislators have put into this issue.

Please apply tax dollars to another solution. The geese are God's creatures also. They should be cherished.

Please use the machine you bought to clean the grass, and let these beautiful birds live. Inhumanity is never the right approach. The chances that more geese will come is great. We can share and must share this incredible blue planet with other life forms, otherwise we're all on the endangered list. Please do the right. Treat these innocent creatures humanely, please don't slaughter them. Mrs. M. Milne and family