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Tuesday, October 21. 2008
Canada Goose Infestation
Some parts of the US would love to have the problems we have in the Northeast: White-Tailed Deer and Goose infestations. (We now have tons of Wild Turkey too, but I would never term that an "infestation."† These splendid birds are†a blessing.)
Trouble is, we have to bow the deer in many populated areas, and these non-migratory Canadas that we have in abundance†tend to hang out where you cannot hunt, like town parks and golf courses. It's a damn shame, because they are big, and†the breast, marinated then sauteed or grilled rare and thin-sliced, is as good as filet mignon, in my opinion - if not as tender. Our White-Tail deer are bigger than the southern version, or the Texas version, but with smaller racks. Who cares? Excellent dining. Our deer hunters†tend to be†meat hunters and, where I live, there is no limit on does. When I was a lad, both goose and deer were†uncommon sights in New England: these are†the kinds of problem you want to have.
Photo: Our pal Yankee retrieving†a goose in Manitoba,†this October
Latest USFWS report on Canada Goose, below:
"Resident Canada goose management is particularly challenging because of the diversity of society's perspectives regarding the year-round presence of these birds, but the growth of these resident populations causes problems that compel population management," said John Cooper, president of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. "The Service worked closely with the State fish and wildlife agencies in the development of the strategies reflected in the rule to provide a full suite of options to the states to manage resident populations. We sincerely appreciate that close engagement by both the Service and the State fish and wildlife agencies and look forward to continued close cooperation with the Service."
During the last ten years, the resident Canada goose population in the Atlantic flyway has increased an average of 1 percent per year to more than 1 million birds. The
The preferred alternative in this FEIS consists of three main program components. The first component creates four specific control and depredation orders for airports, landowners, agricultural producers and public health officials. These orders would be targeted to address resident Canada goose depredation, damage and conflict management. Presently, State and Tribal fish and wildlife agencies or their authorized agents, such as the U.S. Department of Agricultureís Wildlife Services division, need a Federal permit issued by the Fish and Wildlife Service to control resident
The second component consists of expanded hunting methods and opportunities and would be targeted to increase the sport harvest of resident
The third component consist of a new regulation authorizing a resident Canada goose population control program, or Management Take. Under Management Take, the take of resident Canada geese outside the existing sport hunting seasons (September 1 to March 10) would be authorized and would enable States to authorize a harvest of resident Canada geese during the August 1 through August 31 period. These dates are important because wild migratory
The agricultural depredation order, the expanded hunting opportunity and the Management Take component of the FEIS will not include Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Washington, Oregon and Utah and parts of Wyoming, Montana, Colorado and New Mexico. Only State wildlife agencies and Tribal entities in the Atlantic, Central, and Mississippi Flyway could implement these components for resident
The Service received more than 2,900 submitted written comments on the 2002 draft EIS and more than 400 people attended 11 public meetings across the country. Written comments were received from 2,657 private individuals, 33 State wildlife resource agencies, 37 non-governmental organizations, 29 local governments, 5 Federal/State legislators, 4 Flyway Councils, 4 Federal agencies, 3 tribes, 3 businesses, and 2 State agricultural agencies.
Based on comments on the draft EIS, the Service modified the perferred alternative by removing some areas from some components of the program (Pacific Flyway States), adding some affected publics (airports), and changing some of the program administration (State administration to Federal administration).
The final Environmental Impact Statement will be available Friday, November 18, at < The Service intends to issue a Record of Decision and final rule on the issue after the 30-day public inspection period on the FEIS.
For the most part, resident
Expansion of existing annual hunting season and the issuance of control permits have all been used to reduce resident goose numbers with varying degrees of success. While these approaches have provided relief in some areas, they have not completely addressed the issues.
News releases are also available on the World Wide Web at† http://news.fws.gov
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My darling middle child, at the age of three was walking with me in the local park as a flock of the varmints glided down onto the pond. "Oh look, Mummy, it's the Flying Poopers!"
Hey, I work for a company called Bird-X and we specialize in cruelty-free, environmentally- friendly ways to control the bird population. Killing the geese is only a temporary solution because more will come back eventually. Check out the website, www.bird-x.com, for tons of tips, extra info and products.
I too grew up in New England at a time when deer and geese were a rarity. We only saw "real" Canadian Geese flying overhead during their migrations.
Here in Northern NJ these days, the geese are an absolute nuisance that most people have come to despise. I've seen farmers purposely run them over and homeowners sic their dogs on them. I can only imagine what greens-keepers do at night to get rid of them. Any area they gather quickly becomes an open sewer. The only place I donít see them is when I go walking in the woods and open fields.
My consolation is that the fox population also appears to be growing around here and they seem to enjoy duck as much as BD.