Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Destruction and Healing (USDA Wildlife Services and Wild Bird Fund)

USDA Wildlife Services:  Killing Animals and Adding to Nation's Unemployment.

Once again, investigative journalist, Tom Knudson of the Sacramento Bee has produced an excellent and eye-opening article exposing USDA "Wildlife Services."

Not only is the rogue agency acting like a private extermination company by killing millions of animals per year, but in the process, it is putting many humans out of work.

Here in New York City, companies like "Goosebusters" should be concerned that their businesses of non-lethal control of Canada geese could well be put out of business when there are no longer sufficient geese in NYC to "harass" due to the yearly USDA goose roundups and culls.

This has already occurred in Central Park which, in the past, used to employ goose harassment companies to keep the Canada goose population in check. The companies would send Border Collies on park lawns and around lakes to "chase" the geese from undesirable areas.

But, this past year no harassment was conducted on Canada geese in Central Park because their numbers were "too low."

If goose harassment companies care about keeping their jobs, they might do well to team up with goose advocacy groups like (27) GooseWatch NYC in support and protection of the few resident Canada geese still surviving in NYC..

"The enemy of my enemy is my friend" might well apply here.

Wild Bird Fund and "King Oliver" -- A healed, but unwilling patient.

 "Oliver," the mallard whose leg was ensnared in fishing line has made a full recovery.  My friend, Lianna and I will pick him up tomorrow from the Wild Bird Fund and release him back to Harlem Mere in Central Park.

Apparently, "King Oliver" has not been a very cooperative and willing patient at the bird hospital.  Word is that he didn't appreciate having to share the pool with a wood duck and readily attacked the other patient.  And in the past few days, the recovering Oliver has made it known his desires to get back to where he belongs.  He has been impatiently flying all around the center and proving himself "hard to catch."

It should be interesting to release Oliver back tomorrow to all his bird pals at the Mere.

The question is, will I later regret having rescued this "bully duck" who compensated for his injuries by becoming a great deal tougher and more tenacious than the other birds?

All of course remains to be seen. -- PCA

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