What a surprise, the Canada Geese have returned to Chattanooga State. I have to wonder if wildlife officials and Dr. Catanzaro of Chattanooga State bothered to consult with their biology department before slaughtering the other Canada Geese they deemed a nuisance. Where there is habitat that can support wildlife, the carrying capacity of the habitat will fill. So, the birds are back.
What I am disappointed about are the false claims of wildlife management that no other ponds could be found. There are farm ponds all over Hamilton County, and I want to know what efforts were made to relocate the geese to farm ponds before slaughtering these beautiful birds. Relocation to farm ponds would simply mean providing a more inviting habituate, food, space.
Clearly, Chattanooga State has not thought out the fact that they still have habitat with their pond, and therefore more birds will seek out the space. Stop equating these geese to rodents.
Before Dr. Catanzaro gets his Elmer Fund hunting Canada Geese slaughter hat on, remove the habitat at Chattanooga State, fill the pond, or in the alternative ID ponds, and I will take a gaggle of geese for a pond.
Good grief, you have science department, let them handle it.
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Chattanooga State is getting a bad rap on trying to rid their campus of Canada Geese. They may be nice to look at but since they no longer seem to migrate those of us who have them year round have to deal with the filth and potential health issue from all their droppings.
How would you feel if some animals decided to make your yard, or business, home. They also eat your grass and can be very aggressive toward people.
If you would like some geese for you place, Ms. Eidson, then I would be very happy to see that a gaggle is brought to you home.
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While I often enjoy Ms. Edison's opinion pieces about local politics I disagree with here on this subject and she appears to be well outside her comfort zone of research. U.S. Fish and Wildlife has done numerous banding projects across the country that show a very high percent of Canada Geese relocation programs are unsuccessful. Remember that these birds are hardwired to migrate and find their way back "home" after flying thousands of miles. A farm pond down the road or across the state isn't going to do the trick.
Wildlife management policies based on emotion not scientific research and biology have no place in the management of our natural resources. Ms. Edison's article is a great example as to why its important that public perception does not govern sound wildlife management practice. TWRA was specifically created to keep politics from controlling the organization. TWRA is 100 percent funded by license and excise taxes on hunting and fishing gear and not the general fund. This style funding is not the case in many states and it has lead to mismanagement of the recourse numerous times. While everyone might not understand while a program that kills nuisance wildlife exists it would be extremely arrogant to assume that there is no research behind them.
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They're going, going, ...Back! As the old 70's margarine commercial stated, perhaps with a cheek full of tongue and irony, "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature."
So, with a late summer rally it appears that Team Goose has pulled ahead of Chatt n, Cat with a one score margin.
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Seriously, as a former student at CSTCC, I remember very well that the school was built in a swamp. All the big ditches and ponds on campus allude to that. Wetland wildlife is attracted to wetlands, period.
I drove by the dam yesterday, and saw dozens of geese in that area. No reason to believe the won't cruise a half mile downriver for some higher education.
Solution? Don't have one, except hiring a resident goose chaser, and frequent sidewalk hosings.