As you may recall, the great goose debate has been an ongoing topic of interest in Central Oregon. After years of discussion of how to deal with Bend’s goose overpopulation the park district decided to take lethal measures in 2010. Park employees rounded up hundreds of geese that had stopped migrating and they were given a lethal dose of CO2 gas.
The goose genocide prompted an overwhelming response from the community on both sides of the debate, which played out in The Source Weekly’s Mailbox. Not only that, the story made national news and even spurred a goose memorial to peacefully recognize the fallen birds.
Despite the execution of hundreds of geese, the mission to control the population and decrease the amount of their excrement scattered across local parks continues. Bend Park & Recreation District seeks volunteers with well-trained dogs to assist in the goose management efforts. Volunteers assist weekly in Bend’s parks throughout the spring and summer. As a part of the program all volunteers receive training. The program prefers herding dogs, and all dogs must be able to respond to verbal commands.
If you would like to enlist your dog, contact Paul Stell, the Natural Resource Manager, at 541-388-5435.