Cheektowaga approves program to addle eggs

A gaggle of geese stop off in Town Park for a quick snack on February 15, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
A gaggle of geese stop off in Town Park for a quick snack on February 15, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – The Town Board passed a resolution Tuesday night releasing funds to help curb a problem with Canada Geese throughout the Town.

The Town will spend up to $5,268.00 to administer the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Canada Goose Management Program through the New York State Department of Conservation.

Cheektowaga Supervisor Diane Benczkowski said at Tuesday’s Town Board meeting that the program will locate and addle the bird’s eggs by oiling them in the nest to prevent additional birds from hatching.

The process uses 100% food-grade corn oil.  The oil blocks the pores in the egg’s shell and prevents further development of the egg’s contents according to a USDA fact sheet.

The program will be used on property owned by the Town of Cheektowaga like Stiglmeier Park and on private lands with the landowner’s permission.

The DEC says that New York’s resident Canada goose population is estimated at more than 200,000 birds statewide, despite the annual harvest of more than 50,000 geese during open hunting seasons.

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