City of Ottawa on Goose Eggs Sterilization Spree!

According to a recent report, the City of Ottawa, which is Canada’s southeastern capital, has been sterilizing goose eggs and employing a remote-controlled drone to contain the growing geese population and drive the animals away from the beaches, respectively.

Ottawa received the permission for egg sterilization from Environment Canada, in April itself. This permit came at the back of escalating geese numbers in the city, owing to absence of any natural enemies. Complaints have been pouring in from park visitors on the nuisance caused by these birds.

There are two ways to prevent the goose eggs from hatching. One is by the process of addling, wherein eggs are coated in oil to deprive them of oxygen and prevent them from hatching. Second, by vigorously shaking them, in a bid to destroy the embryo. Oiling is considered a humane way to reduce the populations of nuisance birds, while shaking too is one of the main strategies for Canada’s Goose Management.

Destroying the embryos, in fact, is part of a much bigger plan to drive geese away from parks and beaches. For this, the officials also used a drone, a remote-control helicopter called ‘goosebuster’. This drone would be deployed at Petrie Island this year as well, to drive adult birds away from the beach during the day. However, since this would not prevent the geese from nesting, Environment Canada permitted city's public works department to go after the eggs.

This issue is already set for discussion on Thursday, at the community and protective services committee.

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