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Loss of Habitat Resident (Non-migratory) • Recommend changes to the hunting Migratory Waterfowl and

Wetlands and Agricultural Land Canada Geese season, which is a provincial and federal Agricultural Land
government responsibility. The traditional
Concerns
Concerns hunting season beginning in mid October Concerns
• Loss of existing wetlands and changing
• Local year-round overpopulation. tends to target the migrating geese rather • Paddling of soil by swans to forage on
agricultural practices reduces waterfowl
habitat. • Fecal waste creates water pollution and than the resident population as it can be potatoes causes soil compaction and
recreational field contamination, posing hard for hunters to distinguish between flooding.
• Loss of habitat will concentrate existing
a public health concern. resident and migratory geese. Earlier • Large numbers of birds on a farm causes
populations of waterfowl in remaining
habitat. • Intensive consumption of Carex marshes hunting periods in September are overgrazing impacting food production for
by resident geese, which leads to the provided to target resident geese; livestock.
destruction of valuable fish and wildlife but do not reduce the resident Canada
habitat. goose population.
• Consumption of spring seeded corn, • Encourage more consistent egg addling in Prescribed Actions
spring seeded forage crops, grains and key areas to limit population growth as an • Form an advisory committee comprised of
other crops on agricultural lands. ongoing management action. local stakeholders.
• Obtain support from Cowichan Agricultural
Society
• Acquire support from regional
Prescribed Actions government.
• Form an advisory committee comprised • Encourage more widespread adoption and
of local stakeholders. implementation of the Environmental Farm
Prescribed Actions • Obtain long-term support from regional Plan.
and provincial governments. • Prevent the impacts of migratory
• Secure or preserve the condition of
existing wetlands through acquisition, • Document the extent of water pollution, waterfowl by using lure crops, cover crops
to gain understanding of potential and improving soil drainage. There are
conservation covenants, and land owner
health risks. examples of partnership and ways to
agreements or stewardship pledges.
• Provide financial incentives and technical • Reduce the population of resident Identified Stakeholders deliver these programs in Comox and
Canada geese. A cull would reduce the Canadian Wildlife Service Delta.
support to maintain traditional agricultural
population; however, governments and CVRD, Municipality of North Cowichan • Compensation where prevention and
practices. Financial support could include
public would both need to support this Ministry of Agriculture and Lands mitigation have not been successful. Both
cost sharing for cover crops and relay
option. Ministry of Environment Comox and Delta have initiated projects
crops, or implementing farm practices in
Local residents that assess the impacts and compensate
Environmental Farm Plans.
Regional farmers farmers for a portion of the impacts from
• Develop effective local bylaws to protect
Local Fish & Game / Rod & Gun clubs migratory waterfowl.
wetlands.

Identified Stakeholders
Identified Stakeholders
Ministry of Agriculture and Lands
Canadian Wildlife Service
Local planners and engineers
Regional farmers
Local residents and naturalists
CVRD and Municipality of North Cowichan
Local farmers