Petitioning Bellevue City Council and 54 others

Puget Sound Area Officials: Stop Killing Canada Geese

USDA Wildlife Services has been lethally removing Canada Geese from the Puget Sound area for 14 years under an interlocal agreement between several cities and entities within this region.  The geese are being rounded up in our parks and gassed to death or shot on Lake Washington, as well as elsewhere.  In 2014, over 1200 geese were killed by Wildlife Services in just King County alone. 

Many humane solutions can be utilized to mitigate conflicts with geese in urban areas.  These include reduction of populations through egg addling, use of OvoControl-G (a proven oral birth control method for geese), and sterilization.  Various other measures to reduce conflicts include: landscape modifications, goose deterrent products and control techniques, automated devices to clean up goose droppings, and education and public outreach on the need to stop feeding waterfowl. 

Health concerns are often cited in order to justify the killing of geese.  However, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) web site, “Canada geese are not considered to be a significant source of any infectious disease transmittable to humans or domestic animals.” 

The members of the 2015 interlocal agreement to kill geese include Bellevue, Kent, Kirkland, Mountlake Terrace, Port of Seattle - Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Renton, Seattle Parks and Recreation, SeaTac, Tacoma Metro Parks, Tukwila, Woodinville, University of Washington, and Washington State Parks.

Washington State Parks is the latest member of the agreement.  In 2013 they directly hired Wildlife Services to kill geese at Lake Sammamish State Park.  After saying that they had no plans to kill geese again in any of the state parks, they hired Wildlife Services in 2014 to kill geese at both Lake Sammamish and Deception Pass State Parks. 

Killing geese creates a void in the environment, other geese quickly move in, and a new round of killing begins.  This creates an endless cycle of killing.  The brutal killing of thousands of geese including their newborn goslings is unacceptable.  We must do a better job of sharing the earth with wildlife. 

There is extensive information on humane alternatives on the internet.  Some of these include: 

http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/geese/

http://www.peta.org/issues/wildlife/living-harmony-wildlife/canada-geese/

http://www.idausa.org/geese/geese.html

http://www.geesepeace.com/

http://www.naturesweep.com

http://www.awaywithgeese.com/

http://www.geesebusters.com

http://www.goosewatchnyc.com

http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/canada_geese.html

Other important articles are listed below. 

Bloody Skies: The Fight to Reduce Deadly Bird-Plane Collisions

Why doesn’t the FAA adopt avian radar tracking to help pilots avoid colliding with birds?http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/10/131108-aircraft-bird-strikes-faa-radar-science/ 

According to Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger “There’s always this constant tension between doing what’s easiest, what’s quickest, what’s least costly, versus taking the time, making the effort, to doing it right.” 

Congressmen question costs, mission of Wildlife Services agency 

The USDA will investigate U.S. Wildlife Services after accusations of reckless predator control, abuse of animals and failure to account for costs.

http://articles.latimes.com/2014/jan/04/local/la-me-wildlife-killing-20140105 

Please sign and share this petition to stop the killing!

 

Letter to
Bellevue City Council
Seattle City Council
Mayor of SeaTac Mia Gregerson
and 52 others
SeaTac City Council
City Manager, City of SeaTac Todd Cutts
Executive Director, Tacoma Metro Parks Jack C. Wilson
Department Director Parks and Natural Resources, Tacoma Metro Parks Marina Becker
President, Tacoma Metro Parks Board Tim Reid
Board Member, Tacoma Metro Parks Board Erik Hanberg
Board Member, Tacoma Metro Parks Larry Dahl
Board Member, Tacoma Metro Parks Aaron Pointe
Board Member, Tacoma Metro Parks Andrea Smith
Mayor of Tukwila Jim Haggerton
Tukwila City Council
Parks and Recreation Director, City of Tukwila Rick Still
Mayor of Woodinville Bernie Talmas
City Manager, City of Woodinville Richard Leahy
Airport Director, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Mark Reis
Director of Environmental Health & Safety, University of Washington Jude Van Buren
Parks and Golf Course Director, City of Renton Kelly Beymer
Renton City Council
Interim President, University of Washington Ana Mari Cauce
Mayor of Tacoma Marilyn Strickland
Mayor of Seattle Ed Murray
Acting Superintendent, Seattle Parks and Recreation Christopher Williams
Resource Conservation Coordinator, Seattle Parks and Recreation Barbara DeCaro
Mayor of Bellevue Claudia Balducci
Director of Parks and Community Services, City of Bellevue Patrick Foran
Mayor of Kent Suzette Cooke
Director, Parks, Recreation & Community Services, City of Kent Jeff Watling
Mayor of Kirkland Amy Walen
Kirkland City Council
City Manager, City of Kirkland Kurt Triplett
Parks and Community Services Director, City of Kirkland Jennifer Schroder
Mayor of Mountlake Terrace Jerry Smith
City Manager, City of Mountlake Terrace Arlene Fisher
Mayor of Renton Denis Law
.Bellevue City Council
Seattle Parks and Recreation Laurie Dunlap
Park Operations Manager, City of Kirkland Jason Filan
Public Works Director, City of Mountlake Terrace Curt Brees
Parks Operation Manager, City of SeaTac Roger Chouinard
Sr. Admin. Asst., City of Woodinville Amy Ensminger
Airport Wildlife Biologist and Manager, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Steve Osmek
Senior Public Health Advisor, University of Washington Charles Easterberg
Director Washington State Parks Don Hoch
Resource Steward, Washington State Parks Andrew Fielding
Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Joseph Sands
City Manager, City of Bellevue Brad Miyake
Grounds Operations Manager, City of Bellevue Pat Harris
Golf Course Superintendent, City of Tukwila Curt Chandler
Woodinville City Council
Seattle Board of Park Commissioners
Kent City Council
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
USDA Wildlife Services has been lethally removing Canada Geese from the Puget Sound area for 14 years under an interlocal agreement between several cities and entities within this region. In 2014, over 1200 geese were killed in just King County alone. Using USDA Wildlife Services, the geese were either rounded up and gassed to death in our parks or shot on Lake Washington as well as elsewhere.

All participants of the interlocal agreement contribute to the lethal control of geese. The lethal removal of Canada Geese needs to stop and this option needs to be removed from the interlocal agreement. If the lethal option is not removed, please withdraw from this agreement and create a new cooperative arrangement with other cities and entities that only utilize humane alternatives.

Instead of lethal control, a comprehensive multifaceted humane management plan needs to be implemented, monitored, and adjusted as needed. Rather than relying on USDA Wildlife Services, whose primary mission is to kill wildlife, professional goose management services should be retained from those agencies or companies that only utilize humane practices and who do not have a vested interest in killing.

The management plan needs to include a variety of strategies and actions including, population control, landscape modifications, goose deterrents, automated clean up devices, public education and outreach. Population control measures include egg addling, OvoControl-G (a proven oral birth control method for geese administered via bait stations), and sterilization. Landscape modifications include limiting grassy areas near the water and making use of planting beds, fencing and other low barriers. Other deterrents have proven to be effective when used in combination, such as herding dogs, repellents, laser pointers, kites, remote control land and water devices, drones, etc. Clean up of public areas should be a top priority using automated devices, such as Naturesweep. In addition, public education on co-existing with wildlife and not feeding waterfowl needs to be emphasized along with proper signage and enforcement of no feeding rules.

Many of these humane measures can be found on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) web site in the Living with Wildlife section at http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/canada_geese.html.

Health concerns are often cited in order to justify the for killing of geese. However, as noted on the WDFW website, “Canada geese are not considered to be a significant source of any infectious disease transmittable to humans or domestic animals.”

There is extensive information on humane alternatives on the internet. Some of these include:
http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/geese/
http://www.peta.org/issues/wildlife/living-harmony-wildlife/canada-geese/
http://www.idausa.org/geese/geese.html
http://www.geesepeace.com/
http://www.naturesweep.com
http://www.awaywithgeese.com/
http://www.geesebusters.com
http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/canada_geese.html

Other important articles are listed below.

Bloody Skies: The Fight to Reduce Deadly Bird-Plan Collisions
Why doesn’t the FAA adopt avian radar tracking to help pilots avoid colliding with birds?
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/10/131108-aircraft-bird-strikes-faa-radar-science/

According to Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger “There’s always this constant tension between doing what’s easiest, what’s quickest, what’s least costly, versus taking the time, making the effort, to doing it right.”

Congressmen question costs, mission of Wildlife Services agency
The USDA will investigate U.S. Wildlife Services after accusations of reckless predator control, abuse of animals and failure to account for costs.
http://articles.latimes.com/2014/jan/04/local/la-me-wildlife-killing-20140105

Killing geese creates a void in the environment, other geese quickly move in, and a new round of killing begins. This creates an endless cycle of killing. The brutal killing of thousands of geese including their newborn goslings is unacceptable. We must do a better job of sharing the earth with wildlife.