The Cov­ing­ton geese

The Covington News - - OPINION -

In Fri­day’s pa­per, we ran a story about the “tyrant” geese of Cov­ing­ton; if you missed it, you can read it at cov­news.com.

All species of wildlife have a plan in na­ture that en­sures their sur­vival or demise.

We un­der­stand that most of us have a soft spot in our hearts for any an­i­mal, es­pe­cially a wild an­i­mal that we may in­ter­pret is in dis­tress.

How­ever, wildlife ex­perts re­peat­edly tell us not to feed wild crea­tures, such as geese and deer, be­cause those wild crea­tures then be­come de­pen­dent on such hu­man kind­ness.

At Turner Lake, we have an ex­am­ple of hu­mans in­ter­fer­ing with na­ture. If the geese at the lake were not be­ing fed, they likely would fly away and go where na­ture has di­rected their kind to be.

Our sug­ges­tion is sim­ple: Stop feed­ing the geese.

If the feed­ing con­tin­ues, we may even­tu­ally de­cide that the geese have to go.

It will be much nicer if they leave on their own.

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