[Tweeters] Petition to Puget Sound Area Officials to Stop Killing Canada Geese

Diane W diane_weinstein at msn.com
Sat Jul 12 14:08:15 PDT 2014


Dear Tweeters,
Our fine-feathered friends and other wildlife have certainly been under attack by our government agencies lately. As noted by Dennis Paulson’s recent post, the US Army Corps of Engineers plans to kill upwards of 16,000 Double-crested Cormorants on East Sand Island (which happens to be an internationally recognized Important Bird Area) at the mouth of the Columbia River. In addition, Canada Geese are being slaughtered by USDA Wildlife Services in the Puget Sound and Lake Washington areas. With the ongoing war on wildlife, it is amazing that wildlife continues to exist at all.

USDA Wildlife Services has been lethally removing Canada Geese from the Puget Sound area for 13 years under an interlocal agreement between several cities and entities within the region. The geese are being rounded up in our parks and gassed to death or shot on Lake Washington, as well as elsewhere. In 2013, nearly 1200 were killed by Wildlife Services in just King County alone.

Many humane solutions can be utilized to mitigate conflicts with geese in urban areas. These include reduction of populations through egg addling, use of OvoControl-G (a proven oral birth control method for geese), and sterilization. Various other measures to reduce conflicts include: landscape modifications, goose deterrent products and control techniques, automated devices to clean up goose droppings, and education and public outreach on the need to stop feeding waterfowl in our parks.

The members of the 2014 interlocal agreement to kill geese include Bellevue, Kent, Kirkland, Mountlake Terrace, Port of Seattle – Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Renton, Seattle Parks and Recreation, SeaTac, Tacoma Metro Parks, Tukwila, Woodinville, and the University of Washington.

Please sign the Change.org petition “Puget Sound Area Officials: Stop Killing Canada Geese” at
https://www.change.org/petitions/puget-sound-area-officials-stop-killing-canada-geese

Also, please share the petition and like us on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Peace-For-Geese-Project/437565559713573

We must learn to share the earth with wildlife.

Sincerely,

Diane Weinstein
Issaquah


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