I completely agree with the opinions of recent letter writers P. Cummings and E. Nelson on the goose kill.
It’s bad enough to discover that Premier Christy Clark’s announcement of protection for the Great Bear Rain Forest doesn’t actually include protection for the bears and that hunting permits will still be available for those who wish to kill grizzlies for sport and trophies. But can we not, as citizens concerned with the stewardship of this beautiful area, come up with a viable solution to our little problems caused by a healthy abundance of Canada geese?
So many places in the world have not a bit of wildlife left and we’ll eventually be joining them if we continue with the attitude of killing and eliminating any animal that poses the slightest bit of inconvenience to us.
Do we also want to eliminate the sound of the flocks in flight overhead, the sight of their perfect V-formation, their status and symbolism for Canadian wildlife? Wouldn’t that be akin to eliminating the white swans of England? After all, they must present similar challenges in those beautiful parks and ponds, but apparently someone has figured out how to meet those challenges. Can we not do the same?
With all the animal advocates, wildlife enthusiasts and a continual supply of newly arrived energetic retirees in this area looking for useful and meaningful volunteer opportunities, I ask that a request go out for volunteers and required tools and I can almost guarantee that large numbers of us would be more than happy to spend some time doing whatever is necessary, whether it would be raking some grassy areas, shoring up the banks, whatever needs to be done.
Let’s see what can be accomplished to reduce the inconvenient side effects of the geese before we decide to slaughter them, shall we? Perhaps Sylvia and Robin Campbell of the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association would be willing to appoint one of their volunteers to recruit and organize a committee of people who would be happy to spend some time outdoors, help preserve our wildlife, get some exercise doing something productive, and who would be much appreciated and respected for their efforts within the community.
Let’s try solutions other than pulling a trigger. I’ll start by offering my services.
Dawne WilliamsQualicum Beach