Thanks to the city of Kansas City and the Parks and Recreation Department for initiating the Don’t Feed the Geese program. Residents will start seeing these signs around town, and we all need to take this message to heart. Most people love animals, but wildlife is different and should be treated as such.
We receive Canada geese at Lakeside Nature Center that have suffered ill health from being fed the wrong foods as well as those wrapped in fishing line and plastic from careless people who leave trash in parks and around ponds.
Feeding geese also makes them unafraid of those who might harm them. Plus, it encourages children to approach them, which could result in injury to the goose and the child.
Goose droppings litter our parks and pathways, which is a health concern.
Canada geese are migratory birds and are protected by law. They have survived for centuries without human help, and their populations in this area have increased because of friendly people and a milder climate.
Please “let the wild be free” — our motto at Lakeside Nature Center. Enjoy wildlife at a distance and appreciate their role in our environment.
President, Friends of Lakeside Nature Center, Inc.