The Kāpiti Coast Council says it’s responded to a call from the community to control the population of Canada Geese by calling in pest control shooters,
And they’ve shot more than 100 geese at Otaraua Park in Otaihanga.
The Council says Canada geese have been a growing problem at some Kāpiti locations including Awatea Lakes and Otaraua Park.
Their droppings can carry diseases such as avian influenza, campylobacter, escherichia coli, and salmonella, and large populations can foul waterways.
Kāpiti Mayor K Gurunathan says: “We agree that the number of geese we are seeing at sports venues and parks has been too high and is posing too great a health risk, especially for people using our public spaces.”
“A population control operation was conducted by a qualified pest control contractor to reduce the number of geese. It was done to the highest safety standards and in the most humane way possible.”
Mr Gurunathan says it is hoped the operation will provide some respite from the Canada geese in other areas like Awatea Lakes as well.
“We will assess its effectiveness and consider further population control operations as required in future,” he says.
“Canada geese are a nationwide problem and because they are migratory we are unlikely to ever be completely free of them – and that is not our objective.
‘Beautiful animals but health and safety important’
“We have tried other methods to deter them, including using bird-repellent product Flock Off on some sports grounds. They are beautiful animals but health and safety issues are important.”
“We believe that long-term a concerted, regional effort would bring the most effective result. Until we can achieve that approach we will continue to manage this issue ourselves.”