Egg-addling considered after Abbotsford geese population explodes

Twice as many geese counted in Mill Lake Park in 2016 than previous year prompts proposal to target eggs.

The burgeoning goose population in several Abbotsford parks has prompted the city to consider hiring an environmental firm to reduce the population

The burgeoning goose population in several Abbotsford parks has prompted the city to consider hiring an environmental firm to reduce the population, but a cull of existing birds isn’t being considered.

Instead, according to a plan to be presented to the city’s parks, recreation and culture committee next week, goose eggs would be addled (shaken) in order to prevent the hatching of new birds. Egg-addling had been used in Abbotsford in years past, but was stopped in 2009 due to a lack of funds.

This May, a biological survey counted 126 geese at Mill Lake Park, nearly double the number counted a year before. There are also large populations at Albert Dyck Park, Willband Creek Park, and along the Fishtrap Creek Trail.

A city report notes that the local geese population has expanded as the birds seek areas where they are safe from predators and hunters. The region’s farms are providing an “unprecedented abundance of high quality food on the landscape” that allows the birds to survive the winter and reach the egg-laying season in prime condition.

The city has tried to deal with the geese in a range of ways over the years, but most methods have failed. Relocated geese returned, habitat controls were sometimes compromised by citizens trying to help the birds, canine harassment is now against the parks bylaw, a 2012 trial run using hawks to scare geese achieved only limited success, and 14 floating lights installed on Mill Lake to deter geese also failed.

So the city is now considering a return to egg-addling, although the plan comes at a cost.

An environmental consulting firm that has done similar work in the Okanagan has proposed a strategy that would addle eggs at Mill Lake, Albert Dyck, and Willband Creek and Fishtrap Creek parks. The company has also proposed a public information program and collection of data.

The price tag for an environmental consulting firm to undertake the egg-addling would be $26,591.

City staff have recommended moving forward with the strategy, but first, the city’s parks, recreation and culture committee will have a say next Tuesday.

 

Just Posted

Preliminary inquiry set for man accused of killing Belgian tourist

Sean McKenzie charged with killing Amelie Sakkalis, 28 on Aug. 22 near Boston Bar

PHOTOS: Salton pedestrian/cycling bridge lowered into place

Pedestrian/cycling bridge now in place over Highway 1

Abbotsford Police project tackles use of stolen debit and credit cards

‘That’s Not You’ cuts fraudulent offences in half, police say

Abbotsford schools’ uneven enrolment issues levelling

Preliminary enrolment data show increase at under-capacity schools, decrease at over-capacity schools

UFV launches Food and Agriculture Institute

New centre at University of the Fraser Valley fosters food security

‘She’s charging. Oh God’: Mama grizzly runs at B.C. man armed with shotgun

People online were quick to question – and defend – a man’s decision to shoot a grizzly bear charging him on a Bella Coola front yard

Canada announces $20M fund for women entrepreneurs

New federal program will provide up to $100,000 for female business owners to grow their operations

Vancouver Island man claims falling ice smashed his truck windshield

Man discovered volleyball-sized chunk ice on his truck Saturday, near Nanaimo, B.C.

B.C. veteran combats PTSD in the ring and on the farm

Cam Tetrault is a valuable contributor at Quesnel’s Two Rivers Boxing Club

B.C. vegan butcher to appear on Dragons’ Den

Victoria’s Very Good Butchers will star in Nov. 29 episode

Vancouver mom creates screen-free kids’ entertainment

Luna Cheng, who grew up in Langley, is one of the creators of BoredBox.

Fast ferries from B.C. spotted in Egypt

Controversial aluminum BC Ferries vessels ’big white elephants covered in dust,’ eyewitness says

Canadian troops, families take shelter in hotel after Florida hurricane

Most of the Canadians were evacuated from the military base before Hurricane Michael

B.C. jury trial hears police-sting audio of man accused of killing girl, 12

Garry Handlen has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder of Monica Jack on May 6, 1978.

Most Read