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July 2, 2014

Canada Geese Rounded Up and Killed by Candlewick Lake Association

About 60 Canada geese and goslings were rounded up and killed at Candlewick Lake on Friday. The Humane Society of the United States is calling on the Candlewick Lake Association to adopt a more humane and effective program for resolving conflicts with geese. These programs include:

  • Coating eggs with corn oil to prevent hatching
  • Using specially-trained dogs or lasers to humanely harass geese away from areas where they’re not wanted
  • Altering the habitat to make it less attractive to geese.

The association never responded to an offer of assistance and instead went forward with its plan to have the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services round up and kill the geese.

Lynsey White Dasher, director of humane wildlife conflict resolution for The HSUS said: “Communities across the country have established effective ways to control geese populations without killing them. These types of programs keep lakes, public areas and yards clean and restore peace within the community. It is a shame the board discounted these humane solutions and instead decided to kill the geese.”

Media Contact: Naseem Amini, 301-548-7793, namini@humanesociety.org

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