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Horrid Scheme to Hammer Geese

January 19, 2013
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New York—The town of Scarsdale, NY, announced it’s hiring USDA agents next summer to extinguish the few Canada geese who reside at the pond near Scarsdale’s library, and Friends of Animals, an animal advocacy group founded in 1957, is intervening to defend the native geese.

Edita Birnkrant, NY Director of Friends of Animals says, “Canada geese, a bird native to North America, should live free of harassment and harm in Scarsdale, and throughout its range.”

Village Manager Alfred A. Gatta’s complaints about goose droppings are illogical, Friends of Animals says, as Gatta could easily implement a proven plan to remove fecal matter if it’s accumulating in public areas. Human litter is picked up, the group says, and residents pick up after their dogs. “What’s needed is an attitude adjustment,” Birnkrant asserts. “Not a bloody round up and shooting project.”

Machines that quickly clean up goose droppings on grass are available for parks and beaches, and are an easy, long-term solution for city officials to utilize, Birnkrant advises. “Geese pose no health threats—officials must make it a policy to clean up waste matter, which hasn’t been done. Posting signs and enforcing no-feeding and littering rules are also sensible steps.

Goose roundups are monstrous, Friends of Animals reports. USDA agents typically enter the pond area during early morning, roughly separating goslings from parents, and then stuff the bound, panicked geese and babies into crates. Next, the geese are gassed or shot to death. Does Gatta imagine such immorality is preferable to cleaning the grass, Friends of Animals asks?

Removing the geese from the pond area will create a vacuum that will be filled as more geese are drawn back to the landscape, unless changes are made. Is Gatta prepared to spend tax funds each year to kill wildlife instead of implementing the effective, sound strategies Friends of Animals endorses?

Geese are attracted to areas with short, mowed grass with open sight lines as safe nesting areas. Growing grass longer in areas, planting native shrubs and trees to block sight lines (geese like to watch for predators), will deter geese from ponds, shores and parkland — reducing the time they spend in any one spot.

Friends of Animals produces a Canada Goose Habitat Modification Manual detailing this process, and a copy is on the way to Village Manager Gatta.

Harassing, chasing and terrorizing geese from the pond area won’t work. “Habitat and landscape modification are the only environmentally sound and long-term ways to deter geese from areas where they are seen as problematic, and that’s clearly what’s needed in Scarsdale. Co-existence with geese and other wildlife is required as a part of civilized suburban living,” Birnkrant says.


Village Manager Alfred A. Gatta

Phone: 914.722.1110



Dear Village Manager Gatta,

I am extremely alarmed to learn of Scarsdale’s decision to hire USDA agents next summer to extinguish the few Canada geese who reside at the pond near Scarsdale’s library. I respectfully request suspension of this violent strategy.

Please allow me to elaborate. First, killing geese does nothing to modify landscapes and waterways that attract them in the first place. I encourage officials to work with avian experts on population stabilization and site aversion.

GeesePeace, for example, shows how to recruit and train community volunteers to find nests, addle/oil eggs, use repellents, etc,. Integrated strategies resolve conflicts with geese and are more enduring than violent sacrifice.

Second, sweeping eradication does not reduce long-term growth. Killing geese artificially increases food supplies to the remaining geese, the consequence of which is increased reproduction and an ensuing greater population. In fact, studies have demonstrated that the continual cycle of seasonal eradication is responsible for a rebound, or larger gaggle populations, in subsequent years.

Third, using such cruel strategies in such a visible location will most certainly affect visitation. In fact, although I do not currently reside in Scarsdale, I would be unwilling to consider it, or a nearby location, for tourist purposes if this cull ensues.

Please practice compassion and integrity: let the geese live and institute responsible policies that promote respect and tolerance of wildlife.

Thank you for taking the time to consider this urgent appeal.


a pond lives near a library,
a fountain of books and
wisdom and words
for everyone from
grammar school to college.
but where is the wisdom
in killing the pond’s geese.
in the name of compassion
and decency,
let this goose round notion

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

26 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    January 19, 2013 12:20 pm

    a pond lives near a library,
    a fountain of books and
    wisdom and words
    for everyone from
    grammar school to college.
    but where is the wisdom
    in killing the pond’s geese.
    in the name of compassion
    and decency,
    let this goose round notion


  2. January 19, 2013 12:29 pm

    Wouldn’t it be a better idea to just kill hominid teenagers, because they drop litter ?? 🙂 🙂


  3. January 19, 2013 1:06 pm

    email sent and shared in svral places thanks Stacey and Karen great poem


  4. January 19, 2013 1:56 pm

    sent sample letter with this addendum: I find it hard to believe that Scardale’s officials are as ignorant about the sanctity of wildlife as is some of the inbred small towns in upstate NY. It’s is overtime that elected officials start listening to constituents rather than the easiest solution to eliminating the problem in killing. This is the breakdown of society – it’s all right to kill wildlife, pets and onto the people. Of course, thinking the populace will not remember this mishap at time of re election will cost you dearly. Or is this your last term and you don’t give a rap about killing?

    You have other solutions at your disposal – can’t afford the equipment – make a deal with the prison system – we have low security inmates in my area that clean trash from the highways.

    Use your brain, not your gun.


    • January 19, 2013 7:21 pm

      Wonderful, thank you so much, Paula! “Use your brain, not your gun”: perfect!


  5. lisa permalink
    January 19, 2013 2:43 pm

    Leave them alone


  6. lindabadham permalink
    January 19, 2013 3:40 pm



  7. January 19, 2013 4:08 pm

    Provided link to your post on our Facebook page at:


  8. skjaldmarrs permalink
    January 19, 2013 11:36 pm

    Reblogged this on skjaldmarr's valley.


  9. carmen vella permalink
    January 20, 2013 12:28 am

    RESPECT for all of God’s creatures! Let them be!


  10. Vanessa peverley permalink
    January 20, 2013 12:33 am

    you “people” should be ashamed to call yourselves human beings! you ME ashamed to human! shame on you all senseless monsters!


  11. Letitia neligan permalink
    January 20, 2013 4:31 am

    Please reconsider this awful plan of culling these geese, they should be free to live their lives and raise their young


  12. Heather Leigh permalink
    January 20, 2013 1:26 pm

    I Drove by this park looking for hoes in Scarsdale and this park made me Love the area even more and one of the reasons was this park and the Wildlife and the Geese. This is Hideous and Insane!!! The park is a nice park and in noway filthy this is just nonsense and I wont forget it I will spread the word all over ! I Know there wont be one person in NYC and NY that doesnt hear about thisi!! So wihen wil it end because more will come back its not the answer its a POND what do you expect people that want to live in this kind of area should expect wildlife!! GO MOVE INTO A CONDO apartment and in a place without trees etc if you want to. But dont move into a place with ponds trees expecting no wildlife INSANE!!! So when the Geese are all killed then what? Kill rabbits all the birds maybe kids after that and feed them to the homeless?? Seriously BIG MISTAKE HERE.


  13. January 21, 2013 2:33 am

    Thank you Florence for sharing this article
    e-mail sent and sharing.
    Suheyla C


  14. Christine Schmutz permalink
    January 21, 2013 12:42 pm

    any petitions?


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