Hundreds of geese euthanized in Salisbury, meat goes to local shelters
Some leave constellations of droppings along the river, others down fairways, while others are watched happily as they graze.
But hundreds fewer geese are going to be seen waddling around Salisbury for the time being.
Kevin Sullivan of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services confirmed his team humanely euthanized 362 resident Canada geese two weeks ago, brought in by request of the city of Salisbury to manage "an excessive population."
"The city of Salisbury reached out to USDA Wildlife Services to see how they might manage an over-population of Canada geese throughout the city, leaving droppings and over-grazing, habitat damage (and) polluting waters," said Sullivan, director for Maryland, Delaware and Washington D.C.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources conducts an annual waterfowl survey, and the estimated Canada goose population decreased by about 61% from 2018 to 2019 — resting at about 250,200 state-wide as of February estimates.
No estimates from Salisbury could be provided.