The Humane Society of the United States is urging the adoption of humane programs for resolving conflicts with geese after confirming that an Illinois homeowner's association had 60 Canada geese and goslings rounded up and killed last Friday.
The humane society said such efforts might 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 Candlewick Lake Association in Poplar Grove, Illinois, 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.
“Communities across the country have established effective ways to control geese populations without killing them," said Lynsey White Dasher, director of humane wildlife conflict resolution for the HSUS. "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."