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Natuurpunt puts down 300 Canada geese
Belgian nature organisation Natuurpunt recently euthanised about 300 Canada geese by gassing in Limburg province because the species is “harmful to nature”, writes De Morgen.
"We do not like to do this," says Hendrik Moeremans of Natuurpunt in the newspaper. Canada geese were initially introduced in Belgium for their looks. The large species with a black head immediately made itself at home in Belgium and reproduced in large numbers. However, the geese cause damage to agricultural crops and are a threat to native species. Also, geese feces can be hazardous to local flora and fauna.
"We must take our responsibility and keep the population under control," says Natuurpunt. "We euthanised the geese in a way that, in our view, causes the least amount of harm, and only after consultation with the province and the Nature and Forest Agency."
Local hunters' associations were disappointed by the decision. "They would rather have shot the animals, but the impact of the bullets on the surrounding nature would be too large," says Moeremans.