Canada Geese To Be Euthanized

Posted: Jul 11, 2011 4:45 PM CDT Updated: Jul 11, 2011 5:54 PM CDT

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Some Henrico neighbors in the Canterbury Lake community want to get rid of geese they call aggressive and destructive to the community, but their plans to trap and euthanize the birds have ruffled a few feathers.

Those who want the geese gone say there are two main reasons why. First, the animals poop all over the place and they're destroying lawns.

Milton Boyd says about 50 of the birds are in his yard several times a day.

"All they do is eat grass and have bowl movements.  They must have a hundred bowl movements a day because it's all over the place," said Boyd.

His neighbor, Barbara Worrel, is also fed-up with the birds. She says they're a health hazard and a nuisance.

"Over the years they've multiplied. We have larger numbers. They've gotten more aggressive, it seems," says Worrel.

Boyd serves on the community board which voted in favor of having a geese round-up.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will trap and euthanize the animals.

"The goal is to reduce human safety concerns and property damage," said USDA Wildlife Services Director, Scott Barras.

Barras says a geese round-up is not the first option.

"The residents and other people have already tried non-lethal techniques and different types of approaches to chase the geese from the yard," said Barras.

Not everyone who lives in Canterbury Lake support putting down the birds.

"We just enjoy them. They're beautiful," said Patricia Floyd.

Floyd started a petition to save the geese. She says there's got to be a better alternative.

"Fences can be constructed, shrubs, rocks, things like that," said Floyd.

The USDA says a round-up is the most effective way to contain the geese population while resolving human wildlife conflict.  The round-up is slated to take place on Tuesday.

The migratory birds are protected by federal law but in some cases where there is human conflict, exceptions are allowed for population management of the animals.

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