Thank you to everyone who spoke out. Citing wintry conditions, the town has opted to forgo killing the geese and will instead implement nonlethal control measures! For more alerts needing your action, please click here.
As early as today (January 29), the city of Fairfield, Illinois, is apparently opening up the grounds of its public golf course to hunters, allowing them to mow down the Canada geese who call the area home. In addition to tearing wild families apart and leaving orphaned young to starve, killing Canada geese is wholly ineffective in the long term to control populations: So long as areas remain attractive and accessible to them, survivors will breed at accelerated rates in response to the sudden spike in the food supply and newcomers will arrive for the still-available resources. The result will be an insidious killing cycle with no end in sight. The only sensible approach to controlling populations involves using landscape modification, humane deterrents, and mitigation of food sources in areas where animals are unwanted in order to render these areas unappealing. PETA apprised decisionmakers of the cruelty and futility of the planned massacre, encouraging them to employ nonlethal methods that are tried and true, but evidently to no avail.
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