Goose Management – City of Parksville
In June 2015, Parksville Council adopted in principle, the 38 recommendations contained in the Goose Management Strategy for the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region as prepared by the Guardians of Mid-Island Estuaries Society (Guardians). A key recommendation of the goose management strategy is to humanely reduce non-migratory resident Canada Goose populations in the City of Parksville to a level which prevents conflict between geese and human activities and reduces the ecological damage to local estuaries.
In 2015, Council also provided specific direction to implement a cull program in 2016 which now involves the preparation of a kill permit to be submitted to regulatory agencies as a more permanent long-term solution to the overabundance of non-migratory Canada Geese in Parksville. At a meeting on January 18, 2016, Council approved funding for a cull program and to continue with other goose management initiatives.
We have provided information about the City’s goose management strategy on this page and in the attachments listed below. As more information becomes available, it will be posted here.
Please direct questions to:
Deb Tardiff, Manager of Communications
City of Parksville
- City of Parksville News Release – June 28, 2016
- City of Parksville News Release – February 2, 2016
- City of Parksville – Background Information
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Firearms Regulation Bylaw No. 1458
- Dawe and Stewart. 2010. “The Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) on Vancouver Island, BC”
- Dawe, Boyd, Beuchert, and Stewart. 2011. “Recent, significant changes to the native marsh vegetation of the Little Qualicum River estuary, British Columbia; a case of too many Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)?”
– Guardians of Mid Island Estuaries Society
Environment Canada and Climate Change (Goose Management)