May 22, 2014 12:00 am
Updated: May 22, 2014 6:53 pm

Winnipeg group destroys goose eggs to reduce numbers

The Urban Goose Working Group is destroying Canada goose nests along Kenaston Boulevard to reduce populations in the area.

Submitted by: Kathleen Fonseca

WINNIPEG — A Winnipeg group is busy destroying goose eggs along Kenaston Boulevard, saying it’s necessary to protect drivers along the road. It’s the fourth year for the Urban Goose Working Group, and this year they have removed more than 1,500 eggs from nests in the Kenaston area. The eggs are frozen, then brought to the dump. Spokesman Jim Leafloor said some may look at the practice as cruel, but human safety is their top priority. The geese pose risks to motorists on the busy roadway, he said, and if they didn’t get rid of the birds, there could be more injuries and more damage to vehicles. A few years ago, there were times when as many as 500 geese would be on the road, Leafloor said. Manitoba Public Insurance says there are between 30 to 60 goose collisions in Winnipeg every year. The majority happen in the south part of the city, along Kenaston Boulevard, Waverley Street and Sterling Lyon Parkway. The crown corporation did noticed a decrease in goose crashes last year but doesn’t know if it is attributed to egg removal. Drivers don’t have to pay their deductible if it is $200 or less if a goose collision happens. The Urban Goose Working Group is a collaboration of the government of Canada, the province of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Airport Authority. Its goal is to reduce risks to human health and safety caused by Canada geese in Winnipeg. — CJOB, Global News

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