I am not just random "googling." Jeez! They are no public health threat, and other things can be done besides kill them! My point is that they need to be saved! People shouldn't kill them just because there are too many. There are too many people, aren't there? Do you go around killing people just because there are "too many?" I just want some people's help in saving the lives of these beautiful creatures. If you don't understand my point by now, you never will!
Those looking to justify the killing of Canada geese turn to the use of scare tactics with remarkable predictability. The strategy involves creating the illusion that Canada geese are a threat to public health. The mere assertion that a "health issue" exists has been an effective way to generate fear about the presence of Canada geese and an artificial urgency about what must be done. Interestingly, among the most outspoken on this issue are individuals who are unqualified to make health risk assessments. Park managers, rangers, hunters, outdoor columnists, wildlife managers, mayors, etc., are suspiciously too willing to offer their epidemiological assessments despite their lack of credentials. The origin of their information can usually be traced to something they were told by one of the other unqualified parties. While less common, there are cases where allegedly qualified individuals (i.e., health commissioners) render false information under political pressure from anti-goose forces.
In most cases, the health scare does not involve the geese per se, but rather, their droppings. The basis of the argument is that Canada geese must be killed because goose droppings contain human pathogens (disease-causing bacteria). As has been pointed out in the literature by Weiner, et al. (Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Aug. 1979, p. 258), and at a public presentation in Rockland County, New York (Sept. 22, 1993), by Dr. Milton Friend, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Waterfowl Infectious Disease Specialist, Canada geese are not carriers of microorganisms (pathogens) that significantly threaten public health.
Another good way of controlling the geese population is to use FlightControlŽ Lawn Treatment. FlightControl is a naturally-occurring compound that effectively deters Canada geese from congregating in and around sensitive areas where their presence often conflicts with human activity.
It works like a biological fence, allowing a property owner to herd geese off critical areas, with the option of maintaining habitat areas where geese can coexist on the property.
In areas where geese may considered a problem, the primary attraction is turf grass. Since geese are grazers, lawn areas are an inviting source of food for them. ReJex-iT (and other similar products that go by different trade names) is a non-toxic matieral that when applied to turf grass makes it inedible and repulsive to geese. The active ingredient is the same compound that gives concord grapes their characteristic flavor.
I'm not stealing words! Do you want to look at the site yourself? Ugh! Would you like me to continue putting things in quotes? I can do that if you need me to. I will also post the link EVERY time, so that you will stop acusing me of this. Here, look at the site yourself:
I'm sorry you have such a problem with me. Personally, I think it is cruel to kill animals just because they are overpopulated. All I am doing is trying to give information about other ways that geese can be controled, so maybe others will help me in my fight to stop people from killing these beautiful birds!
Thank you, finally someone feels that the humane way is the way to go!
Mafiapincess, I am trying my best to prove a point. I'm not using the same source. I'm trying to show you that there are more humane ways to control these animals, other than thoughtlessly slaughtering them! You need to see another good link:
As in better, I meant more humane. These are the ways to control them, not to kill them. If you don't want them around, they will go elsewhere. A lot of people don't mind having geese around. I know I wouldn't.
okay. i have a question. are canadian and american geese different in temperment ? my mom had 11 pet geese. they were mean suckers. when i would go to visit, i had to look around for them and then run like hell when the coast was clear, and HOPE i made it in her house before they saw me. if i fell, i was a goner. one time my brother thought the coast was clear and they got ahold of him and bit him all over, his head, ears , legs and pinched his "willy" right through his jeans . ! i'm for all that save the wildlife stuff , but if they are over running places, then something needs to be done to control them. if i were a man i would be extra scared !
There is a huge difference between canadian and american geese. I've never known a canadian goose to be aggressive like the ones here. I've walked right up to them before, at a friend's house about 10 miles from us.
"That doesn't control them. It just pushes them off your property onto your neighbor's. It actually proves our point. There needs to be something drastic done to reduce their numbers."
It does control them! It keeps them away from a place where they are not wanted, and sends them somewhere else. Canadian geese tend to flock around water, not residential homes. As far as pushing them onto somebody else's property, they are more likely to go and find another place where there is water. This actually proves my point. Nothing "drastic" needs to be done, it can all be done humanely!