Trying to save the Canada Geese in Bend. Again.

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I spoke during the 3-minute public comment section at the Park Board meeting tonight, along with sending an email to the board earlier today. It’s the second year in a row that the board has been waffle-y about whether or not they plan to kill Canada Geese, or at what number of geese the decision will be made. Two years ago they killed 109 geese with very little opportunity for public comment.  The problem is good poop in the parks, and a perceived overpopulation of resident geese. Since then, due to lots of pressure and help from Goose Watch Alliance, they have initiated strong programs of egg oiling and dog hazing, which have been very successful in keeping the number of resident geese in check.

A week ago they said they had “no intention” of “euthanizing” geese this year. But one soon-to-retire board member has since made comments that they are still keeping it “on the table” as a last resort, and this same board member changed the target number of geese a few times.

As usual, when we showed up in person, the board seemed very friendly and open to suggestions, at the same time implying that rumors had gotten out of hand, and that, again, they have no intention of killing any geese this year. That they had to get the “depredation” permit months in advance, and that they need that permit to relocate the juvenile geese to a Southern Oregon reserve (which they still plan to do).

They all smile and nod and act like the information we give them is new to them (even though most of it was the same info that we gave them last year.) Sigh. It gets old. But hopefully due to public pressure the geese will be spared another year.

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