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Committee to Reconsider Decision to Kill Deerhead Lake Geese

The committee will be discussing alternative methods to control the geese population

The township committee will be revisiting their decision to have the United States Department of Agriculture come in and kill the Deerhead Lake geese population at its caucus meeting at 7 p.m., just after

“The committee is rethinking the whole situation,” Mayor Mark Dykoff previously said.

Committeemen David Most and Gary Quinn along with Recreation Director James Wioland met with an eagle kite vendor recently.

The demonstration by the eagle kite vendor was “productive,” Most said. The device mimics an eagle to scare the geese. Although unsure how the eagle kite will work in the long-term but it comes with a money-back guarantee, he said.

“With a money-back guarantee, why would you do the capture?” he previously said.

The Hotaling family of Lakeside Drive South was relieved to hear the committee would be reconsidering their to euthanize the geese.

“We’re very distressed of any harming of the geese,” Gwenn Hotaling said.

Feeding and watching the geese brings the family “great pleasure,” she said.  The Hotaling’s look forward to the bird’s arrival yearly as they get to witness the goslings hatch as well as learn how to swim and fly.

Ernest Hotaling, 86, has lived off the lake for more than 40 years and has created a sanctuary for the birds, he said.

“Geese are a wonderful thing. I’m delighted to have water where they can enjoy it,” he said. “They’re no harm to anyone. After September, no one is here. I’m here.”

People move to South Jersey to experience the environment, Gwenn Hotaling said, adding that human beings are encroaching on the bird’s habitat.

“It’s like moving to the ocean and being mad at the waves," she said. "Our very short summer needs are outweighing the needs of nature. It’s serious. It’s not just like picking up leaves. They’re living creatures.”

But not everyone on Lakeside Drive South welcomes the geese with open arms.

“Whatever it takes. Get rid of them,” one resident, who declined to provide his name, said.

He had to put up a wired fence around his backyard to keep the geese out.

“There are too many,” he said. “It’s very disgusting.”

Susan Siering was torn, though.

“Initially I thought it was a very brave decision for (the committee) to do it,” she said. “But I feel horrible for what happens to the geese when they’re gassed.”

Return to Lacey Patch on Friday to read about the committee’s decision.

paddler March 23, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I don't feel it is necessary to prove to Patty A the number of resident Canada geese we have at various locations in Lacey. What I am concerned about though, is that all of my research indicates that hazing or scaring tactics only move the geese to another location. Also, that they become habituated and the techniques become ineffective after time. There are examples of golf courses or corporations having success with border collies or a few with the eagle kite but these are individual sites. The problem is widespread in Lacey - there are many locations, public and private, where the geese are causing problems. Will Geesebusters simply relocate the Deerhead Lake geese to the fields between the high school and middle school? Or maybe Klune, Gille, or Hebrew. It has taken the town a long time to acknowledge and take at least some type of action on this problem. Let's not stop with the lake(which isn't over). Johnny D had a great idea. When you see large numbers of geese or the damage they have left behind, please take a picture and post it to https://www.facebook.com/LaceyCanadaGooseAdoptionAgency with date and location. It doesn't matter if it's a soccer or baseball field, playground or your backyard - iit will help document the problems so it doesn't take another ten years to get the attention of the town council. Thanks!
Patty A March 23, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Paddler, if you are going to make claims and allegations, it is incumbant upon YOU to provide some evidence to those allegations. So far, you haven't. As for the photos on your FB page, they are obviously stock photos taken at some unknown location and a different time of the year. Based on ALL the evidence provided so far, there is NO "goose overpopulation" problem in Lacey -- unless three geese are "overabundant" in a town of supreme intolerance.
Fake Name March 23, 2012 at 08:47 PM
More lies from Patty A. She just wants to give animals the same rights as humans. And for humans to voluntarily give up our spot on top of the food chain to her precious animals.
T- Bone March 23, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Where Is The Border Patrol Kite???
Cheryl March 26, 2012 at 10:22 AM
Paddler and Johnny, I live nextt to Deerhead Lake for 15 years. The vets in the area tell people to not let their dogs swim in the lake because they get sick. The same for local doctors. Shoot them on the land or out of the sky. But do it in a controlled purposeful manner. Any chance we can convince local butchers to clean and freeze some and feed the foodbanks? Wolfgang might do it. I will upload group photos. Black rhinos need to stay in Africa and so does Patty A.

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