Monday, November 30, 2009

Resident Canada Goose Nest and Egg Depredation Order

I was browsing the US Fish and Wildlife website to see if I could also post information on US permits when I stumbled upon this link:

This is the US government's Login page if you want to register to destroy the nests and eggs of Canada Geese on your property in the United States?

Reading further, Oh! It's all alright... this is a seasonal activity? The government monitors your ... what they term... 'take'?

They impose restrictions: Eggs must be shaken, punctured or oiled. Must use 100% corn oil. Apparently it's exempt from regulation by the US EPA under Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.
Destroyed nest material may be left in the field or disposed of by burial, incineration or placement in the outgoing trash. You may not retain the eggs for personal use. (Sure, just destroy them... you wouldn't want to actually use them for food or fertilizer now, would you!) And oh! you can't sell, barter or trade them either.

I'm not going to really give an opinion on this... wouldn't think I'd have to. Up in Canada, we have an overpopulation of deer. They cause a ton of car accidents and actually some winters they can't survive because there's just not enough food for them. So, the Ontario government culls them...and I can't hardly wrap my brain around killing such a lovely creature... BUT... they have organized hunts where people can use them for food. Each hunter gets a quota. They count them and spend oodles of our tax money doing studies and... you get the picture.
I just have a problem with waste. Wasting a life. Wasting a beautiful bird. Wasting eggs. With so many people hungry and wanting in North America, can't we do something other than search and destroy?

Oops! There! I gave my opinion after all!


  1. Oh! That just breaks my heart. There must be a better way, Lucy. Being a bird lover, even of raptors, I cannot understand this. You definitely don't have the search and destroy mindset, and I'm glad...


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