Let's do something about useless geese in parks

Like many of you, I have better things to do with my limited free time. However, this topic must be mentioned due to its particular significance. What I am alluding to is the presence of 'resident' Canada Geese in most of Kamloops' city parks and playgrounds, most notably at McArthur Island and Riverside Park.

Before going any further I wish to direct a simply question to the powers that be at City Hall. Exactly when and why did Kamloops adopt the Canada goose as our official municipal bird or mascot?

The thinking residents of this city would really love to know. Also, I have a few more questions. Why do the birds come before our children where it comes down to sharing the park and beach areas?

Why cannot the (some would say spineless) City parks employees simply shoo the geese back into the river to discourage them from returning to poop all over the beach and the rest of the park? Does the City care that little when it comes down to the safety and health of our children?

Why does it take a seven-year-old child to 'herd' the geese into the river when he or she only wishes to play on a clean, safe beach?

If it is supposedly illegal to feed wildlife, why do the City parks employees allow this to happen? Does the City care that little about adults and children who use this, and other, parks?

What about the tourists and other visitors? Is it a plan of the City to create a photo op involving these offensive and useless birds?

What about the people who attend the daily Music in the Park? Shouldn't they be advised to bring some chairs to sit on since the goose poop makes it impossible to sit or lay on the grass?

Why are there not signs posted to advise visitors to not feed the geese? These birds are indeed a problem through Canada and much of the U.S., no matter what jurisdiction. They are protected as a migratory wildlife species but it is the 'resident' birds that are at issue.

I would suggest that parents, guardians, and caregivers consider limiting their time in Riverside Park, particularly on the poop-contaminated beach, until the City staff re-evaluates their policy and priorities.

Children are also encouraged to herd the geese back into the water. The birds will hiss at first but they are all 'talk.'

Summer is half over. Let's do something now. Oh, and this also applies to other less offensive waterfowl such as ducks and gulls. It's just that easy.

H.W. DRUSKEE

Kamloops

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