They are fed and housed without any question.
They use up resources that could be used for other needs in our communities.
They create a public safety nuisance for our children from the trashing of our parks and public areas.
Of course, I'm talking about Canadian Geese.
Seriously, over the weekend, the Gekko's went to a public park near our home to walk on a bike path.
The path was littered with goose shit all over the place.
The adjacent soccer and baseball fields were covered with at least two hundred of these damn things; each and every one of them taking their dumps for our kids to play in.
Just to get a grip on the numbers of these damn things in our communities read this passage from the Michigan DNR...........
In Michigan, the number of giant Canada geese counted each spring increased from about 9,000 in 1970 to over 300,000 today. Giant Canada geese nest in every Michigan county, but are most common (80 percent of population) in the southern third of the state.
Seriously? 9,000 to 300,000 and we still have a prohibition against turning things things into food, or land fill for that matter.
Before you start thinking about how precious things things are, let's get a feel for what that bird crap can deliver to your kid off of a soccer ball.
The most common complaint about geese is the accumulation of droppings and feathers. Each Canada goose can produce 1-2 pounds of droppings each day. This adds up to quite a mess when you have 50 or more geese on site and can be very labor intensive to manage the cleanliness of your location.
With droppings come pollutants. These droppings can be a health risk and can carry Salmonella spp,. E. coli, and Listeria spp. Heavy concentrations of goose droppings can also contain nitrogen which can pollute ponds and lakes, leading to excessive algae growth and reduced water quality.
So that nitrogen in our water probably isn't fertilizer run off after all....... it's goose crap.
I think it's time to start ridding ourselves of these unwanted immigrant to our country.
Screw Canada if they can't control their border.