Where to Draw the Line
Thursday, May 26, 2011
There are two seasons in the region of Eastern Ontario - winter and the season of the Canada Goose. Winter seems to last about 9 months and once that is over the Canada geese take over - everywhere - parks, farmer's fields, back yards. You can find members of this protected species pretty much everywhere you go. They have polluted our parks and waterways. They make a nuisance of themselves in almost every public park area around. They seem to know that they do not have any enemies and just walk away, gaggling as they go. Municipalities have tried different methods to ensure that the geese do not stick around too long, but none of these efforts seem to really work.
When the Canada Goose was first identified as a species at risk of extinction, a ban on hunting them was enforced. Different areas were set up as refuge sites where the birds could feed during the trek south in the fall. The areas where the geese would land before migrating south were used in the fall only and we rarely saw geese during the spring and summer months, except for when they were returning north as well. But now, the birds don't seem to migrate further north and they are laying eggs and raising their young very close to residential areas. The fecal matter that they leave behind makes it not enjoyable to go for a stroll in any grassy parkland area.
This morning on the radio I heard news that disturbed me even more regarding these protected birds. Apparently, the City of Toronto has had enough. Their new plan is to capture the geese and relocate them to protected wild-life areas - one of which is less than 30 miles from where I live. As if we don't already have enough of these feathered friends! So, in essence, they are not getting rid of the problem - they are just moving it. Maybe its time the government re-visits their laws and regulations regarding these animals, before they become an even bigger nuisance than they have become.