MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison officials get the all clear to capture and kill up to 350 Canada geese from four city parks.
The city Parks Division says they need to reduce goose droppings that lead to beach closings and messy park conditions. Goose-overpopulation is a problem not just in Madison or Wisconsin, but across the nation, according to the parks department. Critics say the city hasn't aggressively pursued non-lethal means.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a permit June 13 authorizing the controversial plan. It allows them to "live capture and euthanize" up to 350 geese from Vilas, Olin-Turville, Brittingham and Goodman parks, as well as from the public-owned shoreline along Wingra Creek.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports the permit also allows the city to shoot an additional 35 Canada geese in a wetland restoration area in Cherokee Marsh near the Dane County Regional Airport.