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'Larchmont Awaits USDA 'Recommendations' for Geese'

May 30, 2013

Larchmont's geese may be looking at more than a fine for their public defecation in Flint Park.

The Village of Larchmont has contracted with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the tune of $3,320, to have the federal agency coat Canada Goose eggs with corn oil to prevent hatching. The method of egg addling tricks the goose into thinking the egg is still developing so that she won't lay additional eggs.

According to the April 28 contract, the USDA will conduct a "goose damage management program" by performing population surveys followed by two visits to either coat the eggs with oil or puncture them.  

In the contract, the village states that approximately 100 Canada Geese have taken up residence in Flint Park, depositing what they say is up to 1/2 pound of excrement during the summer months. 

It is unknown if the USDA will recommend additional methods to be taken to remove the geese population, such as the goose slaughter originally planned in the Village of Mamaroneck before their contract was amended after an outcry from the public and animal rights' organizations. 

Mayor Anne McAndrews told Patch, "We have not received any recommendations from the USDA yet. The only contract the Village had with the USDA was for egg oiling.  The USDA rep will give us a report on Monday on the egg oiling, what they call 'egg and nest management,' and their recommendations for future action, if any."

The Board will meet with the USDA in a work session on Monday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the conference room at Village Hall. The session is open to the public, however, no comments will be allowed.

McAndrews said that any future contract with the USDA would be voted on in a public session.

Kylie Blackman, founder of Westchester4Geese, hopes that village officials will consult with her organization before making any further decisions regarding geese in the community.

"The USDA 'recommends' killing, period.  They stated this clearly in a work session before the  Mamaroneck mayor and Board of Trustees, 'advising' that 'nothing else works,' which is a blatant lie. Many communities here and across the U.S. have used non-lethal methods of management successfully—and usually at far less cost than the USDA price tag," she said in a statement.

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