Washington State Parks recently confirmed that they will not be killing Canada geese in any state parks in 2014!
Last spring, we reported that geese were rounded up and gassed in Sammamish State Park. For 2014, State Parks Resource Manager Andrew Fielding said they’ll be using non-lethal methods instead, such as:
- Using remote devices like air boats to deter geese
- Bringing in trained dogs handled by volunteers to scare geese away
- Modifying the landscape to make it less appealing to the geese
- Adding fencing (like snow fencing) to keep geese away
- Installing predator cut-outs to scare off the geese
- Improving signs to let people know they shouldn’t feed the geese
- Enforcing rules that prohibit feeding wildlife
- Sharing information through local inter-agency agreements
The Parks Department will focus on Lake Sammamish because it’s in an urban area and has a large number of Canada geese.
This effort was a collaboration with a lot of groups. Action for Animals spread the word, NARN did, and so did In Defense of Animals. But one person, Diane Weinstein, took the lead, talked to officials, and got the issue to the top of their agenda. It shows that it takes just one person to make an impact and get the ball rolling.
And when an issue gains momentum, there’s no stopping it!
So thanks to Diane, AFA, IDA, and all the individuals who called, emailed, and spread the word.
Keep fighting for animals!