Geese Euthanized in Larchmont Gardens

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The Town of Mamaroneck confirms the USDA euthanized a number of Canada Geese on and around the Duck Pond in Larchmont Gardens early Wednesday morning.

“Private residents of the Larchmont Gardens neighborhood contracted with the USDA to remove the geese,” said a spokesperson for the Town. “It is a private contract, the Town just allowed them on Town property.”

Wildlife agents were out in kayaks rounding up the animals in the wee hours and loading them into trucks, according to officials.

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In May, the Larchmont Gardens Civic Association group met with USDA APHIS Wildlife Services representative Tyler DeLisle, according to the Larchmont Gardens website, about concerns it had about the geese.

Many communities in the U.S. eradicate or relocate the animals because of their waste, and their consumption of some grasses and plants.

Attempts to reach members of the board of the association were unsuccessful.

“This isn’t the way to go. If they want them to go away they should pick them up and take them somewhere else, we do not believe that they should euthanize them,” said Doug Bloom, Vice-President of Bronx River Sound Shore Audubon Society, which includes this area.Doug Bloom lives in Larchmont Gardens.

Reaction was swift on social media. TheLoop Facebook page received comments from people on both sides.

“Inappropriate and just wrong,” posted one resident. “So many humane ways they could handle the situation. Shame on them.”

“’ll be there at 5 a.m. looking to help….I hate geese,” wrote another.

New York State has a policy of not relocating wildlife, only private companies can do that.

Q and A Sheet on goose removal from USDA

Update: a citizen says she spoke withTyler DeLisle of the USDA, who said that a private group of residents contracted them to remove the geese due to “damage management” — i.e. droppings on the property, water contamination, molting, e. coli, etc. Apparently the residents have tried other methods and have not been able to keep the geese away.

Canada Geese, Mamaroneck (file photo)

40 thoughts on “Geese Euthanized in Larchmont Gardens

  1. As someone who works with communities to help them find humane management methods to lower and limit Canada Goose populations, I can tell you that there are a number of things that can be done and are successful. It is critical to use several modalities – about 3 or 4 – in combination for the best results. In almost every case where humane efforts were unsuccessful in limiting the problem, it is because only ONE method is used and not done correctly or done long enough. Landscape modification, egg oiling, lasers, site aversion, dogs – there is a plethora of modalities that can be cobbled together for an effective program. There is a hybrid grass called FlightTurf that deters geese (and deer and Lyme disease, and doesn’t even need mowing) because they don’t like the taste and don’t stay where it is planted. Often, once established, much of this can be done by volunteers, making this less costly than the kill contracts that in reality solve nothing. Once the geese are killed, within a month, new ones will fly in to take their place and numbers will be right back up. It is a lesson in futility.
    It is important to realize that the USDA and its Wildlife Services division makes literally BILLIONS of dollars annually all over the country killing geese. Their goal is to get that kill contract year after year. Most communities have no idea who else to reach out to and the USDA specifically seeks these communities out to get to them first. A lot of false vilification, scare tactics and hate is promoted by these agencies to terrorize people into wanting the geese killed. This is a manageable situation that is being manipulated for one reason and one reason only – MONEY.
    Geese are the most family bonded of waterfowl and roundups, with the separation of mates and babies, are particularly brutal for them. Because they fly at high altitudes and also dabble for extended periods underwater, they are adapted to hold their breath for long periods of time; therefore, gassing is exceptionally cruel. This form of killing was NEVER intended for waterfowl.
    As for health problems, check hospital records and see how many people were ever hospitalized for illnesses from geese – NONE. The droppings (only about a pound from an adult goose) are relatively benign, as geese are not scavengers; they eat grass. It’s actually the best fertilizer there is. A handy mechanic could rig up a goose pooper scooper to any lawn mower with a little ingenuity. In lake areas, DNA water testing can determine the real cause of water problems – it’s NOT going to be geese. Likely culprit is septic tanks.
    The ruse of feeding the goose carcasses to the poor is BS and just used to make people feel better about the killing – in truth, they are thrown in landfills because the cost to test for toxins from possible grass pesticide is about $12 per bird. Few food pantries will take geese for that reason. There is no shortage of food to feed the poor and while helping the needy is a worthwhile endeavor, we do not need to kill our friendly wildlife to do it.
    I highly recommend community leaders with goose issues contact GeesePeace – David Feld, the National Program Director, is the preeminent expert on how to deal humanely and effectively with this situation. He will come out and assess and recommend but only if community leadership contact him, as only then is he sure that they are serious about following his program, which is HIGHLY successful. He can be reached at his direct cell: 703 608 2274.

  2. Geese have wings. They don’t relocate very well.
    Essentially, to have a vibrant ecosystem, the top predator has to do its job. Life is messy. Deer and geese are nice to look at until they become too numerous, and then they are too numerous and you have biological issues. And every place that could support animals is already filled with animals.

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