Canada geese have been a problem for communities across the North Country for years.
Last year, Saranac Lake’s high school called off an effort to round up and destroy a gaggle of birds that had settled on sports fields, after some residents objected to the purge.
Instead, the district purchased a goose poop removal machine to keep the grass clean.
But the Watertown Daily Times is reporting that the Feds working on Wellesley Island in the St. Lawrence River haven’t been so delicate. More than 100 birds were captured and euthanized.
In the early hours of June 20, officials with U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Service conducted the clearing, with department staff floating on the water in kayaks and corralling the birds from the water into large nets.
The birds were put in poultry crates and taken to a food processor in the western part of the state. The processed meat then was donated to food pantries.
Officials timed the roundup with the birds’ two- to four-week molting season, when the lack of feathers prevents them from flying away.
So what do you think? Time to get tough with these big critters? Tired of parks and public spaces littered with their leavings? Or