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Editorial: Let the bloodless war on Canada geese begin

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Posted: Friday, August 8, 2014 11:28 pm

We heartily endorse the city’s campaign to reduce the pesky birds at Lodi Lake park, whether it include rubber coyotes or volunteers with geese-chasing dogs.

The reason? Poop. Lots of it. Scientists have calculated that each adult goose can generate two pounds of it a day. Lodi Lake has more than 100 Canada geese loitering about, each dribbling waste every day. It adds up to thousands of pounds a year.

There’s goose poop on the roads, goose poop in the picnic areas. More disgusting, there is goose poop on the beach, where adults and kids walk barefoot across the sand into the lake.

And, yes, there is goose poop in the water.

Consider, if you dare, that the city of Lodi is now pulling substantial amounts of water from the Mokelumne River (adjacent to Lodi Lake, home to happily pooping gaggles of geese) for residential use. Bathing, cleaning dishes, drinking.

We know there are filtering and sanitizing agents used to cleanse that water.

Still — ugh.

It’s all seems sort of quirky and even funny, except it really isn’t. Studies show that the goose poop contains E. coli and other nasties.

Conclusion: Lodi Lake and its shores and waters are being contaminated by these foul fowl.

We hope the volunteer dogs and rubber coyotes chase these feathered poop producers far, far away.

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