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E-M:/ DNR & Canada geese


Today begins a three week protest of the Michigan Department of Natural
Resources plan to kill three thousand Canada Geese and distribute their
bodies to local charities.  In addition, the Michigan DNR plans to capture
and relocate another three thousand geese to hunting areas.  Your letter
could help stop the issuance of a permit from US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Keep in mind that the comments should be directed at the issue, not
at the DNR itself.  Otherwise it may be discounted.  Summary is below.

Please join us in saying "NO" to Michigan's brutality to the Canada Goose.

You can make your voice heard in a short e mail letter which will go to
George Burgoyne, DNR Chief, Wildlife Division Michigan DNR; and to Steve
Wilds, Chief, Division of Migratory Bird Region 3 USFWS; and to Paul
Schmidt, Chief, Office of Migratory Bird Management, USFWS.    Note the
e mail address is the fourth address.  We are keeping a record of all e
mails and unless we have assurance that all e mails are being put into the
public record, we will provide a paper copy of your e mail to the DNR and
USFWS authorities.

If you are sending e mail, use the following to direct your message:  TO:

burgoyng@wildlife.dnr.state.mi.us, steve_wilds@mail.fws.gov,
Paul_R_Schmidt@fws.gov, fan46@execpc.com,

Otherwise send to: George E. Burgoyne, Jr., Chief, Wildlife Division, PO Box
30444, Lansing, MI 48909-7944; TEL: (517) 373 1263; FAX: (517) 373 6705.
>>>>Send a copy to Mr. Steve Wilds, USFWS, One Federal Way, Fort Snelling,
MN 55111-4056 TEL: (612) 725 3313 FAX: (612) 725 3013
Send a copy to Mr. Paul R. Schmidt, USFWS, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington,
VA 22203  TEL: (703)  358 1714  FAX:(703) 358 2217

People wishing to make a statement to the Natural Resources Commission (NRC)
at its May 7, 1997 meeting should contact Ms. Teresa Gloden, NRC Secretary
at 517 373 2352.

1.  The DNR wants to kill 3,000 Canada Geese in urban areas of Michigan and
relocate another 3,000 around the state.  The orphan goslings (before they
learn to fly) are relocated to become "stock" for new populations in hunting

2.  The DNR alleges that there are health hazards due to goose feces.  There
is no known health problem in the scientific literature from goose feces.

3.  The real health hazard is feeding Canada Geese to the poor.  Dr. Warren
Porter, University of Wisconsin Professor of Environmental Toxicology, has
said that this is not a good idea because of potentially high body burden of
toxic chemicals in some Canada Geese from consuming our toxic laden golf
course grass and feeding from our industrial sites.  The consumption of
Canada Geese could result in neurological, reproductive and developmental
effects, cancer and unknown effects in human fetuses.
4.  The DNR says they want to kill the geese because 11 people were attacked
by nesting geese.  Everyone knows you do not bother a mother protecting her

5.  The DNR says they want to stop air traffic accidents due to Canada
Geese.   All safety problems at airports can be taken care of without this
goose kill.

6.  The DNR has not done anything of any consequence to assist people who do
not want geese on their property although many measures are available
(modification of the environment, hazing early before the geese lay their
eggs, kites, plastic alligators in ponds, etc.)  However, the Michigan DNR
has relocated 43,000 geese since the 1970s - something they admit may have
contributed to the present situation of large numbers of Canada Geese in
urban areas.

Chris Anderlik
4 animals

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