Helping Edgewater's Geese

Edgewater officially declines offer - see response here.

May 26, 2016 - APLNJ's OFFER TO EDGEWATER MAYOR AND TOWN COUNCIL (Click here to see formal offer.)

  1. The Animal Protection League of New Jersey has formally offered to buy out the Borough’s contract with USDA Wildlife Services, most especially that part which pertains to gassing Canada geese. 
  2. APLNJ is prepared to coordinate and carry out needed landscaping changes with the result of deterring geese. This includes contacting and engaging appropriate landscaping assistance and the purchase of required grasses, shrubs, fencing and other barriers.
  3. APLNJ will be glad to assist in effective signage and other measures to discourage thefeeding of geese.

The above actions will result in dissuading Canada geese from targeted areas without Edgewater resorting to gassing the birds. 

Thank you to the 50-60 people who turned out to help geese at our June 11 protest.

Join Our Protest - June 18, 2016

PLEASE JOIN US for these beautiful innocent beings as we stand together AGAINST the cruel, despicable and disgraceful actions by Mayor McPartland and Council. 

Date: Saturday, June 18, 2016

Time: 1pm – 3pm

Location: Edgewater Borough Hall, 55 River Road, Edgewater, NJ 07020 

Over 30 people spoke out in favor of protecting Canada Geese at the June 13, 2016 town council meeting in Edgewater.


May 17: Pascack Valley Daily Voice

May 18: News12 Coverage

May 18: The Record

May 19:

June 13: News12 NJ

June 14: Daily Voice


As of 5-16-2016, the number of Edgewater residents who have signed LOHV-NJ's paper petitions is over 500! Thanks to the relentless volunteers who have made this possible. 

What Habitat Modification?

When going ahead with plans to cruelly gas Canada geese in June, Edgewater Borough officials claim that they tried habitat modification, the most effective way of deterring geese, and that it “didn’t work.”  

The Borough cannot identify what was done, or where. APLNJ dispatched volunteer teams to scout and photograph each location where the Borough said geese were causing problems. See landscapes here.

The photos show Edgewater municipal lands scheduled for lethal goose round ups and gassing to be mowed turf grass, bordered by pieces of cement, rip rap or piled rocks, sidewalks, and water. There is no evidence of any serious effort, or any effort at all, to modify landscapes.

These are textbook examples of how to attract, not discourage, Canada geese. We should be seeing the planting of long grasses and strategically placed native shrubs and wildflowers, and in some instances perhaps the installation of a few gates, fences, or deterrent wires.

The Borough should enforce the feeding ban; people are openly feeding the geese on sidewalks and docks. The food is strewn and left on the sidewalks.

Other photos show geese eating food on the sidewalk and at least one goose with “angel wing,” a deformity caused by poor, unnatural diet associated with human feeding. 

About Geese and Solutions

Residential Canada Geese lost their biological need to migrate to Canada because in the early 20th century, they were captured for use as live decoys, their feathers clipped, and as a result, lured other birds to lakes, wetlands and rivers.

These captive geese were also bred in captivity. Canada geese always nest in the area where they were born so the main objective of any successful program to reduce geese in a particular area must prevent the geese from nesting.

Fortunately, there are many nonlethal ways to achieve long-term objectives.

  1. Habitat modification is the number one solution.

  2. Stop public feeding, which can result in the geese becoming dependent on unnatural food sources and cause permanent angel wing deformities, making the goose unable to fly.

  3. Mechanical scare devices, flags, and noise are effective when combined with other methods.


Since 2013, Edgewater has contracted the USDA to employ nest and egg destruction, capture, gas, and kill the residential Canada geese. These methods have not solved Edgewater’s Canada Geese problem. The current contract should be broken and a comprehensive nonlethal program should be put into place immediately.

Edgewater Contract for 2016, which includes the contract between Edgewater and the USDA APHIS Wildlife Services, the Work Plan, and the Financial Plan.

Edgewater Resolution that approved the 2016 USDA geese killing.

NOTEWORTHY: Bergen County Freeholders passed a resolution against the killing of Canada Geese in 2010. Edgewater can do the same thing.

Write to the Mayor and Town Council:

Your message: Tell the Mayor and the town council you are opposed to killing of Canada geese, want the town to utilize nonlethal solutions, and tear up USDA contract. Also mention that you intend on boycotting Edgewater until it stops the killing.

Mayor Michael McPartland

Mayor Michael J. McPartland: or call 201-943-1700.  Term ends: 12-31-2018

Council President Anthony Bartolomeo:

Term ends: 12-31-2018

Michael Henwood:

Term ends: 12-31-2017

Duane Fischetti:

Term ends on 12-31-2016.

Dolores Lawlor:

Vincent J. Monte:

Term ends 12-31-2016.

Jose Luis Vidal: 

Term ending 12-31-2017.

Need more proof? Watch this video:

Animal Protection League of New Jersey