County commission approves Canada geese resolution

St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution this week that could impact the number of Canada geese in the area.

During their monthly board meeting Tuesday, commissioners agreed to support a plan that allows citizens to destroy goose nests and eggs.

Commissioner Luis Rosado brought up discussion on the matter. He said the action was prompted by residents of Klinger Lake, Cade Lake, Fish Lake and other area bodies of water. Rosado said the number of complaints related to overpopulation of the waterfowl has risen to the point that he felt the need to look into the matter.

According to the resolution, nest destruction can be performed only by citizens who have secured a permit from Michigan Department of Natural Resources. In addition, they need to complete an online training program to learn exact steps that must be taken to follow through on the measure.

St. Joseph County’s nest-destruction is valid for a five-year period.

Rosado said People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals recognizes nest destruction as the most effective and humane program to limit population growth.

He said a mature goose eats three pounds of grass, while discharging two pounds of defecation daily.

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  1. I hate to break it to everyone but people have been doing this for years. It has not been effective.

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