Madison to kill up to 350 Canada geese
Critics say officials embellished the public health threat of goose poop
The city Parks Department is moving ahead with plans to round up and kill Canada geese in four city parks and along the Wingra Creek shoreline, Isthmus has learned.
Parks Superintendent Kevin Briski didn't respond to numerous inquiries about the plan, but a reliable source confirms that the "roundup" -- as the mass kill is euphemistically called -- will likely occur when the geese are molting and unable to fly, making them easier to net.
The kill permit allows for euthanizing up to 350 of the geese.
OMG! Someone get Rick Bogle on the phone!
Seriously, no one would care if these were roving packs of rats or raccoons. Yet the reaction to geese is far different. Why? What is it about shitting birds that causes Madisonians to leap to their defense in such a visceral way?