Phone: (705) 726-4242 Service.Barrie@barrie.ca
Memo to Council, February 2016
SMDHU Beach Postings
The geese population has been steadily on the rise across Ontario and they leave behind quite a mess for municipalities to clean up.
The City is working to improve beach water quality and our waterfront parks. You can help by not feeding birds, ducks, geese, gulls or swans. Here's why:
The City currently undertakes a number of federally-approved geese prevention methods, including:
Geese are wild species. The program helps control the population on Barrie's waterfront, but geese change their behaviours year over year in response to control measures. The contractor continuously monitors the number of geese along Barrie's waterfront. Below are reported measurements.
No geese are harmed by the City’s program. Trained and qualified staff under authorization of a Canadian Wildlife Service Permit use humane methods to move geese off of the waterfront parks and out into Kempenfelt Bay without harming the geese or goslings.
In 2015, the City adopted a Goose Management Program which is contracted through a licensed Municipal Wildlife Management Professional and permitted by the Canadian Wildlife Service (Federal Government). This ongoing program will continue to reduce the resident geese population which will improve the use and enjoyment of parkland on the waterfront.
Parks staff use a sweeper to clean off the pathways on a regular basis, and a special machine to pick up heavy amounts on areas of turf.
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