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E-M:/ SAY 'NO' TO MICHIGAN DNR!



Enviro-Mich: thank you for your letters. If you haven't written yet, this is
for you:

This is the second week of 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 stop US Fish and Wildlife Service from issuing a permit.
Please respond soon and pass this request along to one other person.  Keep
in mind that the comments should be directed at the issue, not at the DNR
itself.  

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 that my
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, 

If you are sending a fax, please direct it 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.

Send a copy to Coalition to Protect Canada Geese, PO Box 8254 Oshkosh, WI
54903; FAX: (414) 235 2285

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.  Wherever possible, send us a copy of your comments
(details on signature).

SUMMARY:  

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

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.
The Michigan DNR attempted to claim that "swimmers' itch" was a condition
attributable to the geese last year, but citizens challenged that for lack
of evidence and the DNR stopped arguing that this was a condition worthy of
a slaughter.   Beach closings are cited in the current Michigan proposal as
justification for the killing, but the Michigan DNR admits they have no
evidence in their files to support the relationship between the beach
closings and goose feces.  (In fact in Illinois and Missouri, such
assertions led to the discovery that the high e coli count in the water  was
due to septic tanks and community waste water facilities.)

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
nest.

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.

7.  There is no evidence provided by the authorities that the slaughter will
rid urban lawns of geese.  Dr. Jim Cooper, master goose killer, has refused
to provide the Coalition with documentation of his assertions of success in
Minnesota.  
A question has been raised about the possible contribution to eutrophication
of lakes due to Canada Goose feces, but no one has brought forth any
evidence to date. 

        -- The feces of many animals, including humans are in lakes  
        -- Geese eat some of the vegetation in the lakes, possibly a
beneficial factor
        -- Cows, pigs and other feces and agriculture fertilizer is a much
larger factor
         

THe USFWS and the DNRs have claimed no Environmental Impact Statement is
necessary. But while bird by bird and pond by pond, there may be no
significant environmental impact, the thirty year breeding of geese and the
continuous propagation efforts through Pittman Robertson funds  (tax on
ammunition and guns, including Saturday Night Specials) have left
communities with geese in their back yard.  The massive relocations from the
midwest to Kansas have left Kansas with "too many geese" for their taste.
The slaughter and the introduction of neighborhood hunting seasons (see
Smithville, MO and other communities) will have little impact except to
introduce yearly annual violence in our neighborhoods and the diminishing of
the respect for animals.  The feeding of geese to the poor (as well as
hunters) has a risk of long term damage of neurological, developmental,
mutagenic and other impacts, not to mention the more immediate potential of
harm to fetuses.

This is a matter of environmental justice...for all.


MORE DETAILS AND A COPY OF THE MICHIGAN PLAN (5 PP) ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE
COALITION TO PROTECT CANADA GEESE.

Ann S. Frisch
Coalition to Protect Canada Geese
PO Box 8254
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54903
http://www.icu.com/geese/coalition.html
http://www.netexpress.net/~gideon/geese/flyaway.html
(414) 235 2185 TEL
(414) 235 2285 FAX


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