Don’t Kill Geese Because of Waste and Traffic Concerns


Target: Tom Terry, Ocean Pines Association President

Goal: Reject a proposal to kill geese over waste and traffic concerns in favor of a humane environmental solution

The geese population at South Gate Pond in Ocean Pines, Maryland has become a major concern for environmental groups and local residents. The Environmental and Natural Assets committee determined that goose waste in this area harms water quality and that the geese create traffic problems. The committee determined that the best way to deal with these problems is to simply kill the geese.

Local residents have been pleading with the committee and the association to prevent unnecessary geese killings and find a more humane way to address the environmental concerns. Killing the geese is not going to solve the waste problem, and the committee needs to conduct further research about the causes of water pollution. Many migrating birds pass through this region, which is also home to ducks and seagulls. All of these birds leave droppings behind, so the geese are not solely to blame for the waste problem.

Some communities with similar geese problems have successfully managed their situations by setting off firecrackers to scare the geese away. Other communities have used machines that are designed to clean bird residue away from areas that lie next to waterways. Sign the below petition to urge the Ocean Pines Association and the Environment and Natural Assets Committee to devise a more humane way to handle the bird dropping issues at South Gate Pond and ultimately allow innocent geese to live.


Dear Mr. Terry,

I understand that bird droppings at South Gate Pond are a concern because of potential water pollution and traffic issues. However, you do not need to kill geese to manage this problem. This region is also home to ducks, seagulls, and migratory birds, all of which leave droppings behind. Many local residents are outraged about the proposed geese killings, which are perceived as unfounded by solid research.

Thank you for taking a step back to further research the issue before killing the geese that live around the pond. I am urging you to work with local environment and wildlife experts to devise a practical and humane way to deal with the geese population around South Gate Pond. Please look into using firecrackers to scare the geese away, machines that are designed to clean up bird residue, and other technologies that can solve the problem without killing geese unnecessarily.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: John Romkey via Wikimedia Commons

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