As background, Weatherby Lake is a private Lake which is managed by the Weatherby Lake Improvement Co. A key part of its mission is to protect the quality of life at the Lake for our Community. It is mostly a volunteer-based organization, managed by the Members, for the Members.When the local goose population becomes too abundant and it causes sanitary, ecological and health hazards (including e-coli at the swim beach). For our Community, we consult with the MO Department of Conservation for their assistance. We endeavor to keep our goose population at a level that is safe for our community. A large population can be especially dangerous for children and pets.The WLIC works very hard to keep its local goose population at a safe level every year by using a variety of methods. As the population grows, every 10 or so years we have had to mitigate. To do so, we obtain a permit from the MO Department of Conservation, and use the services of a wildlife contractor. The whole process is monitored and approved by the MO Department of Conservation. It is a very humane process and the adult geese are all donated to food pantries to feed the needy in our local area. The majority of our Members understand and support the need for this process.
Alyson Bruner can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.