New Jersey town kills nearly 50 Canada geese ‘to control population’

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In Spring Lake, New Jersey, a lot of residents were outraged after a wildlife management company rounded up about 50 Canada geese and packed them into the back of a U-Haul truck on Saturday before hauling them off to be killed. The boroughs of Lake Como and Spring Lake had hired a dog, Galaxy to chase geese away from a neighboring lake, but that was only part of the plan to get rid of the geese in Spring Lake.

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According to News12, the USDA-approved method for killing the geese is using carbon dioxide and gassing them in crates. The Goose Control Technology company confirmed that once a year they capture geese in town and euthanize them. The Spring Lake borough administrator states they have the legal permits to hire the company.

The Animal Protection League of New Jersey wants to convince towns to use non-lethal methods to control the geese population including adding plants and landscaping to keep the geese away.

Canada geese are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 which makes it illegal to harm the birds, however thousands of the birds are found in the United States year round thus making them resident geese. These birds are not protected by the treaty. Geese can live up to 25 years in the wild.

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  1. Resident geese ARE protected by the migratory bird treaty act as well. Unfortunately it is fairly easy these days to get a permit to kill them despite the treaty. The USDA makes a fortune killing them as well. It’s despicable that this sort of thing happens.


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