(Courtesy of Action for Animals) A few weeks ago Washington State Parks used USDA Wildlife Services to get rid of geese at Lake Sammamish State Park. There was no notice given to the public or any opportunity to comment.They know why not.
“Relocated” was the word used, surely a prizewinning euphemism, since the only place the USDA “relocates” to is gas chambers on the backs of their trucks. This means that geese everywhere here are once more in danger; Lake Sammamish will not an isolated incident.
The thing is, with geese as with other wildlife, lethal methods of control do not work. Killing geese only creates the illusion of a fix, as other geese quickly fill the ‘hole’ created, thus ensuring an endless cycle of killing. There are many non-lethal methods of control that have been shown to be effective across the nation, include hazing of various kinds, egg-addling, planting vegetation, etc. Of course, none of them are as easy as paying someone else to just drive in and kill them all.
We must take action NOW.
Please sign the following online petition http://www.change.org/petitions/washington-state-parks-officials-stop-killing-geese
Most of all, contact officials at Washington State Parks. Tell them to stop resorting to killing to solve problems that have humane solutions. Tell them what you think of rounding up terrified families and gassing them. Maybe not exactly what you think…but some of it.
Lake Sammamish State Park Manager
Washington State Parks Resource Steward
Washington State Parks Director