In the United States, the Canada goose is protected under the Migratory Birds Act. The city of Denver has been approved by the federal government and the state to cut up to 2,200 of these birds throughout Colorado.
Meat is given to families in need, and is safe for human consumption.
A difficult co-habitation
In Vancouver, the Parks Commission estimates that there are approximately 2,500 geese in the city's many parks.
The municipality is an ideal living space because hunting is prohibited and very few predators are found there. However, some challenges arise such as road traffic through geese.
Wildlife venturing on the road can be a danger to userssays Sergeant Jason Robillard, spokesperson for the Vancouver Police. He says the large population of geese is not a major road safety issue, in addition to the slowdowns.
US Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Suzanne Bond cites aerial collisions, congestion in public spaces and disease risks as problems requiring control measures.
For Jacques Sirois, ornithologist and representative of the Victoria Harbor Bird Sanctuary, geese have become resident, no longer migratory, and
they became invasive.
This is a phenomenal increase in the number of geese in the area, and it has become a problem, an invasion.
Although he believes that Canada geese are birds
spectacular who have a
extremely interesting storyTed Cheskey, naturalistic director for Nature Canada, recognizes that managing their growing numbers is a challenge.
They can be a source of conflict and problems in municipalities where adults do not have real predators.
The Vancouver Parks Commission, responsible for managing geese on its territory, rejects the idea that the city could institute an initiative like that of the city of Denver because of the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994
The Parks Commission must respect its rules and standards, "says one of its members.
Ted Cheskey suggests that British Columbians enter into a dialogue with the citizens of Colorado;
hope we can all learn from the Denver experience he said.
In collaboration with Alexandre Milette-Gagnon