The Capital Regional District, municipalities, wildlife provincial authorities, stakeholders and farmers in the Saanich Peninsula and Metchosin are implementing a Regional Canada Goose Management Strategy.
Non-migratory Canada geese are an ongoing concern in the regional district. Large populations of these geese contribute to heath, economic, and environmental issues affecting municipalities, parks, farmers, businesses, health agencies and airport authorities, to name a few.
The steering committee of stakeholders has developed a Regional Canada Goose Management Strategy that provides guidance on controlling the population of resident Canada geese in the regional district.
The objectives of the Regional Canada Goose Management Strategy are:
- To reduce the damage to agricultural crops by Canada geese that results in economic losses to farmers;
- To develop a knowledge base for the CRD and its member municipalities, federal and provincial agencies, First Nations, Vancouver Island farmers and non-government environmental organizations on Canada geese population management methods;
- To reduce Canada geese impacts on parks and recreational areas in the regional district.
- A regional approach to egg addling by working with Environment Canada.
- Public education tools about the issue and how individuals and land owners can help with goose management.
- A long term strategy to reduce and control geese population in the region.
The Working Group
The Working Group is the body which guides the development of the strategy, makes decisions within the framework of the funding proposals, communicates and engages with regional stakeholders.
Individual members act as a liaison and provide knowledge and expertise on an ongoing basis. Members are asked to put the regional public interest before any specific group or individual interest:
- CRD Regional Parks
- Peninsula Agriculture Commission
- District of Central Saanich
- BC Ministry of the Environment
- Representative from local farming community
A grant has been secured from the Agricultural and Environment Initiative program to support the initiatives. The strategy also received funding from regional stakeholders to support ongoing planning, training and pilot implementation.