In the pre-dawn hours of Friday, July 10, 2020, Denver Parks and Recreation and the USDA Wildlife Services herded Denver’s Canada geese out of the water, corralled them tightly in fences, picked them up by their necks and wings, stuffed them into crates, and trucked them off to be slaughtered. Canada Geese Protection Colorado members and members of the public bore witness to this unnecessary act this morning at Garland Park. While the videos and images below are difficult to look at, and have not been edited for language, we believe it is important for the public to see what is being done with their money, by their government, in their city parks.
The culling of geese in this manner is indiscriminate; separating families of geese. Geese mate for life. This morning, after the round-up, juveniles, (geese born this year) were seen wandering alone, their parents having been taken. Or, in some cases, one mate and one juvenile were left wandering looking for their mate and parent.
Canada Geese Protection Colorado recognizes that there are numerous other, far more critical issues facing our city today, from the Covid-19 pandemic, to the economic disaster caused by it, to the long battle against police brutality and systemic racism, and more. Many of us, individually, fight for these causes and others. At the root of so many of these various problems is a lack of transparency on the part of our city, a lack of any meaningful engagement with the public on issues of common concern, and an ongoing suppression of the public voice. Our city needs to listen to its citizens, whether on this seemingly small issue or on big ones.
There is no reason to kill geese in order to manage their population or clean our parks. Likewise, if the city was concerned with helping those experiencing food insecurity, this is not the best use of Denverite’s tax-payer dollars. We call for Mayor Hancock and Denver Parks and Recreation to be accountable to their own principles of transparency and public engagement, to hear us, and to work with us for humane management of the wildlife we all hold in common.
Caution: Images and language may be disturbing.
GARLAND PARK ROUND-UP IN PHOTOGRAPHS
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