"We've created the perfect environment for geese," laments Scott Gilmore, deputy parks director in Denver, where the population of Canada geese has soared in recent decades and a controversial cull is underway. An estimated 5,000 geese live in the city and thousands more visit during their annual migration. "We get so many complaints about people coming out here with a blanket to sit on the grass, and they cannot sit on the grass because there's so much goose poop in the parks," Gilmore tells KDVR. To deal with the nuisance, authorities have started capturing the birds, killing them, and giving them to an organization that donates meat to families in need. "They are getting processed, and they're getting donated to needy families," says Gilmore.
City authorities say they have tried other methods to deal with the birds, including oiling the eggs so they can't hatch, deporting them to other states, and scaring them away with a machine called the Goosinator. With the assistance of the USDA, Denver plans to cull around 2,200 geese, which can't fly at this time of year because they are molting. Residents, some of whom call the cull cruel and unnecessary, say they have seen workers rounding up many families of geese in local parks, the Denver Post reports. Gilmore says a few dozen birds are being spared at each location. "We're not trying to get rid of all the geese in the city," he says. "We’re just trying to manage to a more healthy population in the parks system." (This New York billionaire refused to pay his taxes because of goose poop on his lawn.)