Goose cull support

My husband Gary and I own and operate Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours and we very much support the goose cull.

My husband Gary and I own and operate Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours and we very much support the goose cull.

In doing some research, I found that in the early 1970s, the British Columbia Fish and Wildlife Branch and partnering organizations embarked on a program to introduce a non-native, hybrid subspecies that have led to at least 15,000 resident Canada Geese on the east coast of Vancouver Island.

These geese do not migrate and they are destroying the native plant species in the estuaries of the Englishman and Little Qualicum rivers, which is also destroying the habitat for all the other species, including salmon.

In contrast, we do not agree with a cull of the black tail Columbian deer on Vancouver Island as they are indigenous and the Ministry of Environment population trend statistics show that the deer population has drastically declined from 200,000 in the 1980s to approximately 55,000 today.

Ronda MurdockParksville

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