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Minocqua residents call for an end to geese culling
MINOCQUA - Minocqua officials apply for a wildlife management permit in order to help control the overpopulation of geese in parks.

The wildlife management permit allows the practice of culling or euthanization. But Northwood residents are calling for an end to culling.

Missy Herrick has followed the treatment of Northwood geese for years. But after witnessing a traumatic event last weekend, she knew it was time to speak up.

"On Sunday, a pontoon boat was chasing the geese and they were very distraught," Herrick said. "It just broke my heart."

Expressing her concern on Facebook, others began to join her in speaking up for a change.

"That seems to be the answer these days," Herrick said. "If there's a problem let's just eliminate it instead of finding a better solution, which I believe there is."
Solutions could include fences, decoys and noise makers.

Experts say: tourists can contribute to the problem

Its attractive to people to see little ones following their parents along and they tend to feed them but when you feed them you are artificially allowing them to build larger centers, "Marge Gibson, Director at Raptors Education Group Inc, said.

Gibson added that resorts can help limit geese population safely before it becomes a problem.

"If we start at the beginning and we put out restrictions as far as feeding and tell them why: by feeding them you're promoting these larger populations in certain centers," Gibson said.

Minocqua residents speaking out ultimately say there shouldn't be any interference with northwoods wildlife.

"We can't kill something that's an inconvenience to us, if we keep doing that everything will be gone," Herrick said

Officials stated that geese captured are sent to USDA where they are tested for disease, euthanized and sent off to organizations as food supplies. 

Story By: Rachael Eyler

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