Actions You Can Take to Help
UPDATE July 2020: Despite a year of public outcry against the 2019 slaughter of 1,662 Canada Geese in Denver, a 2019 lawsuit, a pending lawsuit, and our efforts to volunteer to help the city humanely reduce the Canada goose population, Denver Parks and Recreation’s hired contractors, the USDA APHIS Wildlife Services, captured and killed Canada geese in Denver parks for a second year. Despite public opposition, the city said it planned to kill around 400 Canada geese in Denver on a statewide permit that allows up to 4,000 Canada geese to be killed.
WHAT CAN YOU DO? While many things are needed, the most important thing you can do at this moment is to let the city hear from you and spread the word about this cruelty. Start by learning about the facts of the 2019 cull and update yourself on the city’s most recent report for 2020. Once you’ve learned more, reach out and make your voice heard through any or all of the methods below.
Sign a petition:
To the City and County of Denver: Terminate your contract with USDA APHIS Wildlife Services and stop killing our canada geese.
Make your voice heard:
See below for contact information. And remember, to be effective: Communicate politely but firmly and let the mayor, your city council member, and Denver Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members know that they are public officials or appointees paid with your tax dollars; that you want humane goose management, not killing. Canada Geese Protection Colorado advocates for peaceful activism and does not support threats of violence, property damage, foul language, doxxing, or other personal attacks.
DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY? Scroll down to the end of this page for an outline graciously compiled by one of our members.
Email the Denver Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and let them know your opinion: https://www.denvergov.org/content/dam/denvergov/Portals/747/documents/PRAB/DPR-PRAB_advisory-board_roster.pdf or here below:
- Noel Copeland, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fran Coleman, email@example.com
- Lee Rains Thomas, DenverParksLee@gmail.com
- Frank Rowe, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Meredith Levy, email@example.com
- Lynne G. Mason, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Leslie Holben Twarogowski, email@example.com
- Lisa Calderón, Lisa.Calderon@denvergov.org
- Molly McKinley, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jack Paterson, email@example.com
- Samantha Villatoro, SamVPRAB@gmail.com
- Tashmesia Mitchell, Tashmesia.Mitchell@gmail.com
- Marla Rodriguez, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Florence Navarro, email@example.com
- Trena Marsal, Trena_Jones@dpsk12.org
- Amy Razzaque, Amyrazz37@gmail.com
- Pam Jiner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Speak at Denver Parks and Recreation Advisory Board monthly public comment session. See here for information about their meetings: https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-parks-and-recreation/planning/community-relations-outreach/advisory-board-prab-.html. The public comment period is at the beginning of the session and each speaker is granted a 3-minute slot, 2 minutes if there are many speakers. Arrive at 5 pm, and allot time to find parking and to go through security, or, currently, check their page above for a WebX link to a virtual meeting. See our calendar for a listing of all DPRAB meetings: https://canadageeseprotectioncolorado.com/resources/calendar/.
Call, Write, and Visit Your City Council Member with the same demand. Here is a complete list of City Council members and their contact information: https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-city-council/council-members.html
Speak at City Council during their 30 minute public comment sessions. See here for how to sign up and further directions on your allowed 3 minute public comment: https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-city-council/public-input/general-public-comment-session.html. See our calendar for a listing of Denver City Council meetings: https://canadageeseprotectioncolorado.com/resources/calendar/.
Call Mayor Michael Hancock: Call Mayor Michael Hancock’s office & demand that he cancel the USDA Wildlife Services contract to kill our geese in 2020: 720.865.9000. Or, you can email the Mayor’s office online here: https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/mayors-office/contact-the-mayor.html
Write Mayor Michael Hancock: Mail a postcard to Mayor Hancock with the same demand: Mayor Michael Hancock, 1437 N. Bannock St., Room 350, Denver, CO 80202-5390
SUGGESTED TEXT: While personal words are always best, here are a few key points compiled by one of our members to help you begin your letter.
Dear [Insert the name of the recipient],
I am writing today because I am very concerned that 350 to 400 geese are being rounded up and killed by USDA Wildlife Services across Denver right now. Despite the controversy stirred by last summer’s culling, a petition yielding over 5,000 signatures asking for the killings to stop, a 2019 lawsuit alleging that the 2019 cull broke the law, and a lawsuit recently filed by Friends of Animals and Canada Geese Protection Colorado against the USDA Wildlife Services’ 2020 permit to capture and kill up to 4,000 Canada geese across Colorado, it seems as though our elected leaders are not listening to the opposition presented by their constituents. These cullings are unnecessarily cruel, ineffective in population management, and a complete waste of taxpayer dollars.
[Insert here your own, personal experience about the Canada geese that reside in our parks and how their slaughter impacts you. Anything you say is fine. Your city needs to hear your perspective.]
I, [insert your name here], oppose any killing of Canada geese before fully implementing non-lethal, humane methods of population control and without direct, meaningful, substantive public notification and engagement. Please understand the cruelty and unnecessary violence that is being committed against those who cannot speak up for themselves, and stop the continuous cullings of Canada geese within our city.
Thank you, [insert your name here]