I would like to thank the Parksville city council for having the courage to cull the local Canada geese during their moult this year.
In today’s world of a mix of Disneyland and “the Donald,” it is not easy to find common solid ground.
These geese are not in any danger of extirpation and one can see them on every continent in the world and many smaller places like New Zealand, where they are also a growing problem.
We should never confuse pets and wildlife. These geese could and probably would alter the estuary forever and not in a positive way. Their excrement, although natural, leads to pollution of waterways and an increased coliform count.
If we want green spaces to spread a blanket for a picnic, or volleyball games on the beach, or clean beaches for sunbathers or swimmers and tourists, this action was mandatory.
There will be noise from fairyland so be prepared for it. However, that might have been the best move this council has accomplished to date.
I would like, however, to see the geese first fed grain for a week and run through an abattoir so the food bank could redeem some delicious protein. Grain could be donated and funds could be raised to ensure all inspections for human consumption were met.