Here we go again . . .

The city of Oconomowoc has approved the gassing of Canada geese in Oconomowoc Lake, Wisconsin. See. Waukesha County community ready to gas geese

Gassing geese does not work. In Edgewater,  New Jersey governing representatives had contracted with USDA’s Wildlife Services to employ nest and egg destruction and to capture, gas, and kill Canada geese. None of these actions resolved the Edgewater Canada geese problem. And, because it didn’t correct the issue and citizens began to learn of the practice and started to protest, the round up was canceled. Since then, the governing body employed these successful methods to relocate the geese and deter the geese’s return to the landscape:

  • Habitat modification, which is the most effective long‐term
  • Instituted and enforced public feeding bans. Feeding the wrong foods can cause permanent angel wing deformities and result in the geese becoming dependent on human‐derived food sources.
  • Mechanical scare devices, flags, and noise have been effective when combined with other methods. The effectiveness of these techniques have diminished over time.

The killing of Canada geese only serves as a temporary solution, as space is just freed up for a new flock.

In addition, Oconomowoc Lake is known for its hospitality and attracts visitors from all over Wisconsin and out of state. The killing of Canadian geese will ruin this image as it does not fit with the hospitable support of the natural landscape. In fact, it will deter visitors from coming to Oconomowoc Lake. As geese are naturally drawn to large bodies of water, such as Oconomowoc Lake, visitors have come to see them as part of the natural landscape. Removing the geese, through a horrific act nonetheless, will negatively influence Oconomowoc Lake’s attraction factor.

There must be a win-win solution that does not negatively influence Oconomowoc Lake and the Waukesha area, but rather, promotes and supports the natural Wisconsin landscape that we all wish to protect.

What you can do:

Contact Joe Birbaum, Village President

Contact Donald G. Wiemer, City Administrator