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The Humane Society of the United States Commends Pennsylvania’s Franklin Township for Stopping Goose Killing Program

The Humane Society of the United States commends the Franklin Township Board of Supervisors for ending a cruel goose killing program in the township’s Phifer Ice Dam Pond.  Under a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, police officers had been shooting Canada geese in the park, claiming that the geese were a nuisance.

After pressure from local residents, including a petition with signatures from nearly 100 residents, the township decided to halt the shooting of geese in the park last week and will now use blank shells to keep geese out of populated areas.

The HSUS further encourages the township to adopt a comprehensive and humane program for solving conflicts with Canada geese in the township’s parks. The most effective programs combine egg and nest treatment (addling) programs to limit population growth, humanely frightening geese so they decide to leave on their own, and changing the habitat so it isn’t attractive to geese.

“The Humane Society of the United States has helped communities across the country develop and implement humane programs for solving conflicts with Canada geese and we would be happy to work with Franklin Township to devise a program that restores peace with geese,” said  Lynsey White Dasher, urban wildlife specialist with The HSUS. “This type of win-win program would clean up the township’s parks, be better for the geese, and restore peace within the community.”

For more information on humanely solving conflicts with Canada geese, visit:


Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 301-721-6463; ksanderson@humanesociety.org

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