Troublesome goose population trimmed

July 16, 2004 at 2:20 PM

ST. LOUIS, July 16 (UPI) -- Missouri goose raiders have trimmed St. Louis' once plentiful but troubling Canada goose population and animal activists are outraged.

In a secret, early morning raid last month, Forest Park and Missouri Conservation Department employees used long nets to round up 69 geese and shipped them off to a slaughterhouse, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said.

They reportedly kept their plans quiet because public outcry two years ago squelched a similar effort. After the slaughter in Higbee, Mo., the meat was given to the Central Missouri Food Bank in Columbia to feed the poor.

Animal enthusiasts with GeesePeace St. Louis bitterly criticized the action, saying there were other, more humane ways of controlling geese and had offered to help but were ignored.

The roundup was the first such effort in Forest Park, and only the second in five years in the St. Louis area.

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