POLL: Should geese who ravage crops be culled?

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MORE than 700 greylag are to be shot in the and turned into burgers in a bid to stop the birds ravaging crofters’ crops.

The three-year pilot project to manage the goose population of Lewis and Harris – approved by Scottish Natural Heritage – is activated today.

The trial aims to reduce agricultural damage crofters and farmers experience by reducing the size of the population in a controlled and co-ordinated way.

The greylag goose is one of the species to which the ”Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds” applies.

The shooting will continue until August 31, after which it will pause for progress to be reviewed.

A spokesman for SNH said: “Work will be undertaken by a team of experienced volunteer shooters, operating under licence and following established best practice methods.

“Our initial target is for an additional 700 geese to be shot this autumn, as we aim to deliver a significant population reduction by April 2017.”

The management pilot, now in its third year, has been developed by a local goose management group with support from SNH and the Scottish Government’s Rural Inspections and Payments Department.

The goose population will be controlled to prevent crops from being destroyed – Photo by Getty

Similar projects are underway on Uist, Coll and Tiree, as well as in Orkney where growing populations of have caused significant damage to crops.

Since SNH began an annual count on Lewis and Harris in 2010 numbers have increased by more than 45 per cent, and it now estimates the population to be in the order of 5,850 birds.

The project also trials the sale of goose meat under licence.

This article was first published by The Express on 31 Jul 2016.

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Sandra Snider

Use your brains and find some other way of controlling instead of shooting them

Marilyn Ashman

Theresa Kemp Yes! I Agree!

Theresa Kemp

Delbert Smith Your ignorance, over inflated self-importance and lack of basic intelligence is wholly apparent in your post.

Delbert Smith

Kill them all, let stomachacid seperate the good fromt he bad.
Geese learn where the easy food it, there is not any way to protect the crops. Beside Geese are great roasted over wood.

Theresa Kemp

Find some other way to protect the crops! These animals are only doing what is necessary for them to survive. Why is it that some of mankind (man kind? Not all) seems to think it is ok to kill something that interferes with their control?

Live and let live – it will all work out fine.


If we do that,towards all animal species that damage our food crops one way or another,in the end,we might cause the biggest cull on wildlife..And that is an act of selfishness,because we took their land that they need..So the problem is at us! Culling is not the best way to do it..

Helen Wood

If the question is "should __________ be killed?" then the answer is always no.