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July 5, 2013

Humane Solutions Ignored as Nearly 300 Canada Geese Killed in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

The killing of resident Canada geese at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge should be halted immediately in favor of more effective and humane long-term management. The City of New York and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services gathered and unnecessarily euthanized nearly 300 of these resident birds this week.

A comprehensive, transparent and publicly supported management plan is needed to manage good populations throughout New York.

“Conflicts with wildlife can be resolved using humane, long-term and noncontroversial solutions,” said Brian Shapiro, New York state director for The Humane Society of the United States. “The indiscriminate slaughter of wildlife is ineffective and unacceptable, especially when humane and scientific solutions have proven themselves already in Prospect Park and Central Park.”

Comprehensive and humane management programs are effective across the country where wild geese and people coexist. These programs are focused on making public spaces less attractive to geese by discouraging people from feeding wildlife, modifying habitats and using trained herding dogs to urge geese to settle elsewhere. Eggs can be addled to prevent population growth. By contrast, killing geese opens up habitat space for new arrivals.

The HSUS provides training, ongoing research and monitoring to assess and refine techniques for effectiveness.

To learn more about the resources, training and expert assistance for developing programs to humanely reduce conflicts with geese and other wild animals, visit humanesociety.org/geese. 

Media Contact: Samantha Miller: 301-258-1417; smiller@humanesociety.org

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