LETHBRIDGE: The city parks department is taking steps to control the number of geese in Lethbridge.
They're going to nests around Henderson Lake and the golf course and dipping the eggs in canola oil, which prevents the fetus from becoming viable and hatching.
Parks Operations Manager Kevin Jensen explained that they're doing it to prevent over-population, which can lead to outbreaks of disease.
Jensen added that the geese can be territorial and aggressive around the lake, posing a risk to city residents trying to take advantage of the park. He went on to say that their method for controlling the population is more humane than the other available options, such as crushing or stealing the eggs.
While Jensen did note that in Calgary they collect the goslings after they hatch and take them to a farm. Jensen stated that he felt such a move would be more difficult to accomplish and would add to the stress placed on the geese.
Photo by Patrick Burles: Country 95 News spots a goose at Henderson Lake Monday.