URGENT: HELP SAVE NORTH PARK GEESE!
Allegheny County Parks Department currently has plans to round up the Canada geese who live in North Park sometime late this summer when they are molting and are unable to fly, and gas them, or kill them by some other method. They are doing this in response to complaints about geese feces in the park.
First of all, the geese should be able to stay in the park just as much as any other animal who lives there. Canada geese choosing to take up residence in public parks and suburban and urban areas, instead of migrating, is a direct consequence of their own natural environment being rapidly decimated. Wild animals are struggling to exist as more of the natural area is clearcut and torn down, and replaced with artificial landscapes and manicured lands. Humans need to find a way to peacefully coexist with all wildlife, including Canada geese.
If North Park feels it must remove geese from the park, there are humane, non-lethal methods that are available for doing this that have been proven to be effective, even more so than lethal methods. By killing the geese, the Parks Department is only clearing the space for more geese to move in next year to fill the vacant niche. The only way to effectively and permanently keep the geese away is to make the area uninhabitable or inaccessible to them through a comprehensive organized program, implementing non-lethal alternatives. These alternatives include making the area unwelcoming towards the geese by using forms of habitat modification, using audio devices and scare devices, using repellents, and implementing organized non-feeding programs. An integrated program using a combination of techniques works best and has effectively been used to lower geese populations in different areas. It's important to point out that geese pose absolutely no health hazard to the general public and they are not causing harm to anyone. Many people like seeing the geese and don't find their presence a problem.
Voices for Animals currently has a meeting scheduled on May 24th to meet with the Allegheny County Parks Department to talk about this issue and press for a commitment to a non-lethal geese removal program if one is going to be used. It is important especially right now for everyone to contact the Allegheny County Parks Department and voice your opposition to killing geese in North Park, so that the opposition towards the proposed plan to kill geese is clear before the meeting even starts.
Please call and/or email Andrew Baechle, Director of the Allegheny County Parks Department, and voice your opposition to slaughtering the geese in North Park:
Andrew Baechle: 412-350-7275
You can also write Mr. Baechle at the following address:
Andrew Baechle, Director
County Office Building
542 Forbes Ave., Rm. 211
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
For more information about this issue and non-lethal methods for removing geese visit www.canadageese.org
Thank you for taking action to help animals!