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What started off as a discussion of Canada Goose subspecies has veered off in the direction of discussing whether so-called "nuisance" geese that populate public parks and golf courses should be culled by managed hunting, egg oiling or whatever. There exists within the national birding community a sort of birding counterpart of the  NRA, which automatically opposes any suggestion that wild birds ever need to be "controlled" with the same vigor that the NRA opposes any sort of gun control.  For example,  I have seen flame wars on other listservs about efforts to control blackbirds and cowbirds.

I am proud to see that both sides of the issue of controlling Canada Geese have been discussed on this Missouri listserv in a calm and rational manner, with nary a sign that anyone is upset that someone else might have a different viewpoint on the subject.

It really is a subject on which reasonable people can disagree -- reasonably.


Bob Fisher
Independence, Missouri
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