Residents Upset with Geese Kill

June 8, 2011 Updated Jun 9, 2011 at 8:02 AM EDT

By Lou Chilelli

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June 8, 2011 Updated Jun 9, 2011 at 8:02 AM EDT

Town of Clarence, N.Y. (WKBW) -- Residents living along Tillman Road in Clarence are used to being close to wildlife. They live right next to the Tillman Road Wildlife Management Area. "It's nice to walk down the street at the swamp...see the babies being born...see the wildlife down there. It's great," said area resident Jack Cooper.

But, last week a complaint from one neighbor about geese on her pond...brought out officials from the town with shotguns. Four geese were killed. "The first reaction to a nuisance report...was to bring out the shotguns. That's really upsetting to me. I think that we should have investigated the alternatives and there are many alternatives," remarked Morgan Dunbar the director of Animal Allies of Western New York.

The town does have a federal permit that allows them to eliminate a limited number of the animals each year. "Usually other methods are employed before a lethal taking does occur. Again going back to the oiling and the addling of the eggs and trying other methods," explained Scott Bylewski, the town's supervisor.

Concerned residents and animal activists turned out for the town board's Wednesday night work session and board meeting. A few of those who came out, weren't happy with an email sent out by one of the councilmen who responded to the complaints about the geese kill. He wrote: " Four geese were killed. My information is this is more about a neighbor feud than geese. Get over it." The town board did vote to have the geese program reviewed by it's conservation advisory council. That group will take a look at the program and then report back to the town board.