Vernon councillor wants to reduce the number of geese in the city

Goose cull proposed

They are big, loud, messy and there are a lot of them.

They have even been known to charge people on occasion and a Vernon councillor thinks the city needs to do more to control the number of Canada geese in area parks.

Dalvir Nahal knows culling the big birds will not sit well with some people, but their numbers are getting out of hand.

The city already has an egg addling program to slow the goose population, but Nahal said it is not working and the birds are making a mess of area parks, hurting tourism and they have become more of a nuisance than a blessing.

Nahal will bring the matter before council at the next regular meeting.

“I understand it's not a popular decision with a lot of people, and I'm not saying that wildlife and humans cannot co-exist, but there really is an overpopulation of geese and it is just getting worse,” she said from Kin Beach while close to 100 geese chattered from Okanagan Lake.

Nahal said any cull would have to be done as humanly as possible and not all of the geese would be put down, but just enough to reduce their numbers to a reasonable level.

“The geese that are here are not native to this community, they were actually brought in so they don't know about flying south in the winter and coming back, they stay here all year long.”

Nahal pointed out there are many municipalities in BC and the United States that control goose populations from getting out of hand through culls.

“Like I have said before, either we leave the parks to the geese or we do something about it,” she said.

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