In the Fall of 1997, the US Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a change in federal regulations that would water down its congressionally mandated responsibility of overseeing the issuance of permits to kill Canada geese. The proposal would give state wildlife agencies, well-known for favoring lethality even when effective alternatives exist, essentially unlimited power to issue permits to kill geese regardless of whether the "problems" were real or imagined.
There were two public comment periods on this proposal, one that ended June 1st, 1998, and another that ended September 21, 1998. Critics of the proposal found that it contained many serious flaws, including a failure to address ongoing wildlife management activities that propagate geese and ducks for the benefit of hunters. The proposal also failed to mention that lethality has never proven to be an effective form of goose control. More information is available in one of our past action alerts.
Despite the fact that the comment periods have passed, Assemblyman Guy F. Talarico and Assemblywoman Rose Marie Heck (both from the 38th District) sponsored Assembly Resolution 104 (AR-104), a resolution whose sole purpose is to officially endorse, on behalf of New Jersey citizens, the US Fish and Wildlife Service's deadly proposal. While Talarico and Heck's intent may be honorable, they clearly do not understand that the proposed rule is based on political pressure from state wildlife agencies and bureaucratic expediency, not sound biology. As such, it will not produce any benefit to the citizens of New Jersey.
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