It's come to this: managers and staff at Montgomery Parks in Maryland have finally had just about enough of their crap, so in the next couple of weeks they plan to round up 100 - 150 Canada geese at two popular parks, have them processed into meat, and donated to Maryland Food Bank. "Let's see...we've got way too many geese here, and a bunch of hungry homeless people over there...".
Naturally, HSUS is raising a stink about it; they want nonlethal means of control used. Parks department: weve tried that.
“For a number of years we’ve been trying to control the geese and the issues they bring,” Petersen said. “We’ve had everything from mess management to habitat landscape manipulation, some control devices such as sprinklers and bubblers in the ponds at MLK. All these things have been marginally effective.”
Among the problems are destruction due to their grazing and the fact that each bird produces around a pound of poop per day. The poop's full of e. coli and other nasties, which both pollutes the waters to hazardous levels and causes slipping hazards for oblivious park users. And since the birds are not only not going away on their own but are actually increasing in numbers, it's been determined that the most effective means for controlling both population and poop is to eat them.
On a somewhat related note, a vegetarian in NE Portland wrote a letter to The Oregonian in which he complained about people who cook meat on their outdoor grills, as he apparently finds that obnoxious and repulsive. Amusingly, an ad adjacent to his missive is for Portland's "Best STEAKHOUSES". Made me laugh.