Why were we not informed of this major change?
Can we come up with no better solution?
One of the reasons I moved here, and stay here is because of these geese. I love the wildlife here. The ducks, geese and turkeys have become pets to all of us.
I can live anywhere, in any house or apartment surrounded by concrete. The ponds, fountains and wildlife here at Amador Lakes is the reason I stay.
What upsets us the most, is that we were not informed of this. In fact, this information was intentionally withheld from us!!
How could this happen?
When we first heard of this, we immediately went to the main office to speak to one of the representatives who verified that yes, the geese will be removed on Tuesday, and most likely will be euthanized.
This is not a solution.
Anyone who has lived here more than one year can verify the number of geese here this year us much lower than most years. There is no reason that the geese should be removed, and more importantly, euthanized. There are alternative solutions. They must be addressed, and the euthanization of these geese needs to be stopped!
The reasons outlined for the removal of the geese are as follows:
1. Geese are not migrating, due to the safe environment found here
2. They are becoming an inconvenience
3. Some reports of 'attacks'
4. The population is growing "out of control"
5. The feces are a major health concern
None of these are acceptable, and none of them hold any merit.
We can effectively prove that the above information is false, unwarranted information used to 'justify' the inhumane and unacceptable actions to remove the geese from this property.
1. The Canada geese ARE migrating. There was a period of time where there were only three geese that remained on this property, and one had a broken wing. The geese are migrating and will migrate again. It is what they do.
2. The geese are an inconvenience ... to whom? How? Can this be defined and outlined clearly?
3. Canada geese defend their nesting land against those who may threaten it. No serious attacks have occurred, and no animal deserves to die for its natural nesting behavior. Further, if you stand your ground the geese respond and respect you, and will not charge towards you, unless you threaten their young.
4. There are less geese here now than in the previous years.
5. It is true that some microbes live in the feces of all mammals. But the likelihood of becoming ill from exposure is so rare it is not of any concern.
Although some may express an opinion on the above matter, all of the above can be resolved without death or animal cruelty. Steps can be taken in order to minimize the future habitation of geese. To our knowledge, the management has not taken any of these steps.
1. Non-toxic land treatments that will deter geese from landing and nesting here. This acts as a natural repellant that will encourage the geese to settle elsewhere.
2. Do not feed the geese - feeding encourages aggressive behavior in some geese.
3. Predator decoys discourage geese from nesting here, as they feel threatened.
4. Other methods, some of which include special shrubbery near the waters edge, discouraging the use of the pond, goose call machines that use sound to deter geese from visiting, and specially trained dogs to chase away future nesters.
Amador Lakes is a beautiful man-made environment, created with water features and green space to act as a sanctuary for all of its residents. This includes the local wildlife. It would be unfair to assume that geese would not visit this property. It is a perfect environment for wildlife to nest and raise their young before they migrate. To have such a property and then euthanize the geese who seek a safe harbor here would be inhumane and cruel.
So long as the area remains habitable, geese will return each season. Euthanizing the geese who have landed here this year will not solve the overlying issue that management has.
Further, I as well as many of you, the residents of Amador Lakes, actually ENJOY the geese here, and welcome their habitation each year.
Please take action NOW.
We do not have any time to spare.
Send us your love story. Tell us why you love the geese, and why you love living at Amador Lakes. Amadorgeese@gmail.com
Tell us how you feel about management keeping this information from us.
Tell them how you feel.
Send your email to:
Amadormanager@rafnah.com AND email@example.com
Please CC a copy to us, at Amadorgeese@gmail.com
We WILL present a detailed and printed list of all the responses received to the management. We encourage you to have your voice heard.
Amador Lakes needs to know that we do NOT agree with their cruel actions to remove and eliminate the geese who find a home here, just as we did.
This is our home. It was created for All of us.