Geese Gathered from Chattanooga State Killed

We have an update on the geese removal at Chattanooga State last week.

The school ordered the removal of about a hundred geese from the campus because they had become a nuisance to students and motorists.

At the time, a spokesperson said the birds would not be harmed, but it turns out, they were destroyed.

The U-S-D-A Wildlife Services agency made the decision to kill them, after no suitable site was available to relocate them.

That fact, dismays Chattanooga State President Jim Catanzaro.. he says, last week, having the geese removed, seemed to be the right thing to do, although he says, euthanization was a possibility.

The removal was done by the USDA Wildlife Services agency, and District Supervisor Keith Blanton says, the search for a suitable location was begun in earnest.

He says, no site was ever found, and as a result, the geese were euthanized by what he says, were methods, "approved by the American Veterinary Association." But it turns out, the Canada geese at Chattanooga State may have been hurt.. permanently, in fact, destroyed.

Ben Layton with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says, U-S-D-A wildlife services makes a determination on killing the geese, if there is no available place to released. Layton says, with no site available, the only other option the USDA would have taken would be to destroy them.

Chattanooga State President Jim Catanzaro is dismayed to learn the news. "I was truly saddened by it," he says, "because we did not intend, we never intended, I certainly didn't, to have an outcome like this."

He says, the fact that they must have been killed, will change the school's removal procedure in the future. "I think, in the future, if we're going to do any relocation, we're going to do it ourselves."

The Humane Society of the U-S agrees with Catanzaro. On its website, the Humane Society says killing overgrown flocks of geese is NOT the answer and represents, at best, a TEMPORARY solution.

Some of these geese would have just hatched in the last couple of months even, probably just out of down! What a sorry attempt at a solution from the USDA!

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