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Scarsdale Gets Heat For Plan To Kill Pesky Canada Geese

January 18, 2013 | Geese / Hunting & Wildlife Management

The Daily Voice

by Zak Failla

SCARSDALE, N.Y. "“ While Canada geese continue to befoul the pond near the Scarsdale Public Library, village officials have come under fire for their plan to extinguish them in the summer.

In the past, the village attempted to drive the geese away unsuccessfully by using a border collie and noisemakers. Their current plan is to capture and kill the geese during the summer, and to treat nests to deter eggs from hatching. The meat from killed geese would be donated to The Food Bank for Westchester.

The village contends that the goose population continues to grow, and their droppings make the area both unusable and less desirable.

Edita Birnkrant, the New York director of the Friends of Animals, said the plan is inhumane, and the geese should be free to fly.

"Canada geese, a bird native to North America, should live free of harassment and harm in Scarsdale, and throughout its range," she said in an open letter.

A online petition received more than 400 signatures from places as far away as South Africa and the Philippines in three days.

Jacob Cannon, who signed the petition Tuesday morning, said Scarsdale should find more humane ways to deal with the problem.

"Using euthanasia to get rid of the geese population is overkill and unnecessary," he said. "If the main complaint is that geese tend to leave too much waste on public paths, it would be much better to hire someone to rake away the remnants. I'm sure we could feed the homeless by donating to food shelters, rather than murdering the geese population."

Birnkrant argues that several methods could be utilized to handle the geese. There are machines that clean up goose droppings, and since the birds are attracted to areas with mowed grass and open sight lines, growing out grass and planting additional shrubbery would be an alternative.

"Geese pose no heath threats," she said. "Officials must make it a policy to clean up waste matter, which hasn't been done. Posting signs and enforcing no-feeding and littering rules are also sensible steps. What's needed is an attitude adjustment, not a bloody round up and shooting project."

Calls to the village manager's office were not immediately returned.

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The fact that they are saying "these geese occasionally are on our golf course" is appalling! These are obviously selfish minded persons whom only care for themselves and their game of golf. You might as well just kill a pack of feral kittens for running around on their golf course because it wouldn't make a difference to these type of people. And to make it sound better to themselves and "sell" the idea to others are their way of giving the meat away for food. People need to wake up and understand it's not about the luxuries in life, it's about the human race and living amongst gods creatures as he intended it to be.

so amazing that in this day and age there has to be a hunt to get rid of the scarsdale geese how barbaric

Dear City of New York, You would be wrong by killing these beautiful animals! There are lots of animals in this world and a lot are going extinct! You may solve this problem by thinking that is the right thing to do! But remember geese are God's creatures and you will have to answer in some part of your life for this brutality! I love animals and I believe in protecting them in any way! Please reconsider this action before you do this! If you do this unethical method, Then May God have mercy on your soul each and every one of you!!!!

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