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Added Dec 06 2017

I am appalled at the huge numbers of Canadian Geese polluting our ecosystem in Jackson Park, Washington Park and along the South Lakefront. I noticed literally thousands of Canadian Geese in my walk in Jackson Park last sunday. These birds apparently deposit over 1 pound of feces each day and this is polluting our water system in the same ways that human feces/sewage once did. The best environmental engineering achievement in Chicago history was when we reversed the flow of the Chicago river so untreated sewage stop flowing in to Lake Michigan - our source of drinking water. It's a basic rule of civilization not to poop in your drinking water. Well these Canadian Geese are seriously pooping in our drinking water, also ruining things for swimmers off the Point and 57th, 61st street beaches. Plus the Geese feces is food for the exploding rat population.

The Canadian Geese aren't even flying South for the Winter anymore as they have it so easy here. Even liberal Seattle did a mass culling of Geese because they valued their clean water.

Why don't we do the same? There are lots of safe, responsible shot gun and bow and arrow ways to hunt these Geese. Another option is to introduce predators.

Here's an article about the huge problems of Canadian Geese.

http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac/geese.htm

I do note that Ald Hairston has spoken sensibly on this problem.

    Canada geese in parks
    Jackson Park home. Jackson Park News and Bulletins *Alderman Hairston says the article was incompletely published and does not include her distinction between the geese and their feces or include that any solution must be humane. At least one bird conservation organization has sent a letter to federal government asking that the protected status of the Canada goose not be lifted.
    http://www.hydepark.org
  • I_want_to_know In search of solutions!

    So what are our options to reduce the Canadian Geese population? Other states allow hunting them.
    https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/nrcs141p2_018050.pdf

  • I_want_to_know In search of solutions!

    It would be nice if we could put them to work patrolling our streets or watching our property!
    https://www.cuteness.com/article/use-goose-home-security

  • A goose in every pot!

  • just so you know, the geese do not have Canadian citizenship.

  • jaye els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    beezil
    just so you know, the geese do not have Canadian citizenship.

    I respond:

    All red blooded Americans detest these F*((** Canadian Liberal Commi invaders that are pooping up everything in our beloved country. This means war!

  • jaye els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    So what are our options to reduce the Canadian Geese population? Other states allow hunting them.
    https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/nrcs141p2_018050.pdf

    I respond:

    Let's move for legal bow and arrow and shot gun hunting (safe hunting), if we don't get legal authority I say we just take the revolutionary spirit and do it anyway. The reps of the British crown never gave Americans permission for the American Revolution. Let's do it - give the food to poor people.

  • CANADA geese.

  • Illinois already allows goose hunting.

  • jaye els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    beezil
    Illinois already allows goose hunting.

    I respond:

    We're in Chicago, technically in the State of Illinois but it's its own world. Most of the things regular folks in Ilinois would never put up with, we have to suffer it every day.

  • Tracy in Hyde Park Lives in East Hyde Park

    From the University of Illinois Extension website:

    “The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) provides federal legal protection for Canada geese. Protection under this act extends to bird feathers and other body parts, eggs and nests. Canada geese are also protected by Illinois laws. Non-lethal control such as repellents and frightening devices should be tried before a permit for removal will be issued. The Directory of Illinois Wildlife provides information on how to prevent and solve problems with Canada geese.”

    http://m.extension.illinois.edu/wildlife/permit_canada_geese.cfm

  • jaye els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    Thanks Tracy....

    Does a similar act MBTA also protect Chicago's street gang members/leader, Al Capone mafia leaders? Are we not allowed to do or say anything against these protective species who are destroying our fair city?

  • jaye els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    And hey Tracy in Hard Park.

    M'thinks the Canada Geese aren't exactly an "Endangered Species" as there must be 20,000 of these foul, Canadian poopers in Jackson Park and Washington Park.

  • Canada poopers!

    Lol

  • jaye els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    On the plus side, it looks like our 10 day brutal arctic cold spell has caused most of the Canadian Geese to fly South.

  • Canada geese

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