(Denverite) Twice in the last week and a half, a group of people arrived at Washington Park before dawn. Some members of the team floated on boats in the man-made ponds. Others walked the banks slowly, enclosing a flock of floating geese that rafted up tight, eyeing the humans as predators.
The team erected a corral, captured the birds — they can’t fly during molting season — and sent them off in crates to a meat processing center where they were killed and transformed into food for hungry families in a Colorado county officials will not name.
The crews were from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services division, which is tasked with culling the Canada goose population on behalf of Denver Parks and Recreation. Parks and Rec says the practice protects Denver’s waterways, makes room for different bird species and, well, makes things less annoying in parks and for people with lawns.
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