Mamaroneck Village is planning a geese cull this summer, when geese molt and shed their feathers so they cannot fly, and truck them away to be euthanized.
“If I have to choose between the health, safety and welfare of children and adults and geese, I will unequivocally choose in favor of the children and adults,” Mayor Norm Rosenblum said, according to reports.
The Village says it is overrun with goose droppings in local parks with some washing into local waterways.
A group called Westchester 4 Geese says it plans to take action. “This is not a choice between children and geese. It’s a matter of human decency in working together for the good of all, including our geese and their babies,” says Kiley Rosenblum.
470 geese were captured on the Sprain Lake Golf Course in Yonkers last summer and sent to an upstate processing plant to be slaughtered. Scarsdale’s plan to round up and kill some of the geese that hang out at the pond near the village’s library was apparently scrapped after opposition.
Mamaroneck will be working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to round up and kill the birds and donate their meat to area food banks. Rosenblum said the village had signed a multiyear contract with the USDA, which will cost about $10,000 per year.
“The excrement gets washed into the Mamaroneck River from Columbus Park. You can’t even walk in the Harbor Island sand, it’s so dirty, says Rosenblum.
“Young kids can get sick from coming into contact with goose droppings.”
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