As many as 500 Canada geese have been killed in a mass cull in Parksville, as that seaside community preps parks and beaches for a massive migration of tourists headed there for summer vacation.
The cull happened Sunday, just out of sight of the packed downtown beaches, and the city says it had all the necessary permits to go ahead with it. Still, the cull isn’t without controversy.
For the first time in a long time, ball players have the run of their Parksville field again. Roger Oxley says he’s no longer worried that second base isn’t all he’ll be sliding into out there.
“It’s better than it used to be,” says the Parksville Slo-Pitch player.
After hundreds of geese disappeared from the parks and ballfields of this community overnight.
On Sunday, the resident Canada geese that have become a nuisance in this tourist destination as they’re numbers have multiplied, were rounded up in tennis courts and the city says “humanely culled” according to provincial regulations. The city had received permits to kill up to 500 birds, but can’t yet provide exact numbers of the total taken.
But not everyone agrees with the cull.
“No I don’t think they should be I mean they’re animals. They deserve to live just as much as we deserve to. Yeah I don’t think they should die just because they’re living where they are,” say two women walking by the Parksville Community Park.
Others say it’s long overdue.
“I do think that they can get out of control and they can take over and they’re often messy and sometimes spread disease,” says another woman.
This goose cull cost Parksville taxpayers an estimated $35,000. Just a few thousand over what the Capital Regional District paid to cull a total of 43 geese in 2015. Costing taxpayers $725 a goose, because the flocks flew away from those trying to capture them.
This cull appears to have gotten a lot more value for money.
A drive around Parksville Monday revealing a complete absence of Canada geese, that have been a fixture of this community longer than many of its now retiring residents.