We might be the real intruders


From: James and Mary Ellen Puz

My wife and I both read Don Doerr Sr.’s recent letter (March 21) and we must agree with him. However, Mr. Doerr’s reference to Nazi Germany is way over the top when it comes to trying to control the geese population. His other references and issues, well ...

Mary Ellen and I used to live on Broadway and would take walks around the lake. We encountered no problems with regard to goose droppings. In fact, the problem of pigeon droppings in parts of Winona is far worse. Thus said, let the geese be.

Keep in mind that the lake area belongs to the geese — it’s their turf. While I’m not sure about this, I think it can be safely assumed that the geese were probably in and around the lake area long before man decided to take up residence in this part of the world. After all, this is along their flyway. Let the geese be.

Rochester, Minn., has had a similar problem for some time.

The goose population around Silver Lake and its park can be between 1,000 and 2,000 for most parts of the year. During the winter though, because the water is always warm due to the nearby power plant’s use of it for cooling purposes, the goose population soars to 30,000 to 40,000. And Winona says it has a problem!

Various plans (plots?) have been kicked around or implemented to eliminate or discourage the presence of geese at Silver Lake Park. As of last summer, the geese are still there.

By and large, Rochester has accepted the geese as part of its culture, part of the fabric of life in the “big city.” Rochester has even had to go so far as to tolerate geese crossing the road(s) in the area, with as many as 30-50 taking their sweet time about getting from here to there, holding up traffic while making their sojourn. In addition to that, geese are pictured on the city’s seal. The geese in Rochester aren’t leaving anytime soon.

The geese at Lake Park might pose an inconvenience, not uncommon when man meets wildlife. Various other problems associated with the geese have also been addressed. However, and this might be very simplistic, unless they really pose a danger or hazard (as they can around airports or busy thoroughfares), let these stately birds be. They’ve staked a claim here and probably won’t ever leave, not for good anyway. And remember, we might be the real intruders.


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