Monday, June 20th, 2011
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Killer Geese Population "Exploding"! Man Losing War Against Tasty Birds

:(The war on birds has been, let's face it, going poorly for some time now. Our bird gas chambers are not quite doing the trick. But! One man dares to fight on: Lee Humberg.

Humberg’s ideas about managing urban wildlife are thoughtful and nuanced, but they might have a hard time getting through. In the summer of 2009, his team removed 1,235 geese. Last year, the radius of goose-capture sites was increased from five miles to seven, and the culling total grew to 1,676. He won’t predict how many geese will be removed this year, but whatever the final tally, the culling will likely take place under relentless media glare…. The city recently announced plans for the geese to be sent to a slaughterhouse and distributed to Pennsylvania food banks.

Also we are killing their bird babies by painting their eggs with oil. :( Still! We will gas you and then we will EAT YOU, YOU DELICIOUS WINGED NUTRIA.

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Smitros (#5,315)

This may call for the reintroduction of bears.

@Smitros Can't they just sic the raccoons on the geese? And then have the coyotes eat the raccoons? And THEN bring in the bears.

Smitros (#5,315)

@SarahHeartburn I don't think raccoons take orders too well. We humans may also have to stop creating ideal habitats for geese to hang out in.

SeanP (#4,058)

@Smitros This. Drainage ponds surrounded by mowed grass are a goose bed & breakfast. We create tons of these things and then are surprised when geese move in. If affected properties would do nothing more than stop mowing the grass in a wide strip around the ponds (allowing hidden predators to get close to the water), many geese would move on.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Coyotes!

Do you know what we need up in this? DO YOU KNOW WHAT WE NEED UP IN THIS? Border Collies, my fellow Awlies: nature's "geese police"

@RonMwangaguhunga : The cartoon of the cop-outfitted border collie chasing a panicked goose is definitely worth the price of admission.

Obligatory : AWWW SO CUTE.

ejcsanfran (#489)

Don't forget the swans!

Maryland to Slaughter Fat Mute Swans

SeanP (#4,058)

@ejcsanfran Good. Mute swans are a real disaster for a lot of native waterfowl. Their numbers really ought to be reduced.

Tully Mills (#6,486)

Hehehe. "Winged Nutria."

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