English Golf Club at West Essex plans to eliminate Canadian Geese
England’s West Essex Golf Club is taking extreme measures to take care of its seasonal Canada goose population.
The article posted by The Sun, course Secretary Alan Kerby explains that the geese’s presence this year has been “horrendous,” although they have been visiting for past three years.
A message ran to membership stating that licensed pest control teams would be deployed to mount an “aggressive campaign and try to shoot 3 or 4 geese on several evenings.”
British Law stipulates that Canada geese can be killed if they are damaging property, as long as it’s done humanely. Members and the residents nearby certainly do not like the idea of it. One said “I certainly don’t want these birds killed in the name of golf.
“I love the sport – but it’s not that important. This is just a seasonal problem. “This is all because the groundsmen are annoyed about their greens – these birds will die because of lawns.”
But Kerby defended the strategy stating “Most golf courses like us do employ pest control firearms experts,” he told the Sun. “They have all the licenses.”
Meanwhile, the residents and members have urged the club to look for a better alternative as humane in killing is tough to find.