Delevan to have geese killed to reduce droppings

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email

DELAVAN, Wis. (AP) -- The town of Delavan plans to take drastic steps to reduce its goose population.

The town will use a $4,000 donation to trap and kill geese around Delavan Lake. The work will be done by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Service.

Dorothy Burwell is the chairwoman of the town board. She says goose droppings have become so prevalent that kids can't play anywhere near the lake.

Workers plan to herd the birds into poultry cages. They'll start in June or July, when the geese have molted and can't fly.

Adult geese will be processed and donated to food pantries. Juveniles are processed for animal feed.

Chip Lovell works for the wildlife service in Waupun. He tells The Janesville Gazette these measures are only allowed after all other options are exhausted.


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  • by Sue Location: California on Jun 15, 2010 at 10:12 PM
    I cannot believe anyonw would kill animals because of droppings... can you really feel okay with this?? I am so tired of human beings entitlement issues... who the heck do we think we are... this is their world too...
  • by Anonymous on Jun 3, 2010 at 07:09 AM
    put in another few hundred bucks and buy plenty of "do not feed the birds" signs to prevent this from happening again.
  • by Mr. Cow on Jun 2, 2010 at 02:17 PM
    I love a good Goose feed.
  • by Monica Location: Eau Claire on Jun 2, 2010 at 12:40 PM
    Thursday Night here is a meeting to discuss this issue – I strongly urge you to attend and voice your opposition. I mean c'mon people they are waiting to kill them when they molt and can't fly.
  • by G Location: EC on Jun 2, 2010 at 09:00 AM
    How many of you actually read the article?? This clip is from the article, "Adult geese will be processed and donated to food pantries. Juveniles are processed for animal feed.". Hope this changes your view - Jamie, Antigoose, Anonymous @ 5:34 and the rest of you...
  • by Dave Location: Fall Creek on Jun 2, 2010 at 08:46 AM
    Jamie: please read more carefully. "Adult geese will be processed and donated to food pantries. Juveniles are processed for animal feed."
  • by Jamie Location: Chippewa on Jun 2, 2010 at 06:00 AM
    T, relocating a group of geese does not work as they return to the same places they are used to. If you move them they will just fly back to the same spot again. When it comes to issues like this killing them unfortunately is the only option. The problem I have with it is that the dead geese are not going to be used for anything. In cases like this and with so many people out of work and probably looking for food wouldn't a good solution be to use the geese that are killed as a food source for people who want or need the food? Seems a waste of a perfectly good food source.
  • by Dave Location: Fall Creek on Jun 2, 2010 at 05:53 AM
    This happens all the time in nature. Many animals kills or drive unwanted visitors out of their home area. At least they are giving the meat to the local food banks.
  • by Bill Location: WI on Jun 1, 2010 at 09:25 PM
    Why do so many sick people always choose animals over people? The geese are at the bottom of the food chain, that's just the way it is. There are people that are hungary that will benefit from this with some nice, juicy, goose. Sounds good to me. The PETA people better find better things to do than worry about this kind of thing. I like animals too...roasted,broasted,fried,deep fried,grilled, smoked,baked,broiled,and fricasseed. Kill it and grill it, that's my motto. You animal rights people need to get over yourselves. Animals are here for a reason, and it's not to poop all over creation.
  • by antigoose Location: gooseland on Jun 1, 2010 at 07:11 PM
    Laura: "The geese were there first?" I doubt it. Anonymous: "The geese are running out of places to go"? Please. There is lots of room in CANADA, not to mention all the undeveloped land in the USA. T: "You act like its the end of the world"? Your reaction is closer to acting like it's the end of the world than anything else in this story. I do hope they put the meat to good use.
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