Gassing Geese & Goslings is No "Harvest for Charity"

On June 22, the Urbana Park District arranged the massacre of 175 geese and goslings who lived at Crystal Lake Park, despite overwhelming opposition by Urbana Friends of Geese and thousands of In Defense of Animals supporters. The District called this massacre a “charity harvest,” but no goose flesh was donated to food banks. Tell the Urbana Parks District to stop killing Urbana’s geese and cancel their plans to persuade the twin city of Champaign to follow their bloody trail.

Dozens of unsuspecting geese were rounded up during molting season, while they were flightless and defenseless. Terrified geese were herded, separated from their families, and gassed in mobile gas chambers while the remaining geese were vulnerable, terrified, and traumatized. One gander was left without his mate to father their goslings and several others who were orphaned.

The District's rash decisions were pushed through to begin the park’s $2.5 million renovation plan. Local activists weren’t notified about the goose roundup in time to voice their concerns, so they staged a protest.

The Urbana Park District's own reports show five years of steady improvement and a marked population decrease of 12% in the last two years using nonlethal strategies like habitat modification, nesting management, and humane hazing. Unfortunately, no efforts have been made to plant taller grass or to set up a "tolerance zone" for geese away from human activities as long-term solutions to help control population sizes in the future.

Goose poop complaints can easily be remedied by hiring companies to clean the waste, which is an effective fertilizer and not a health hazard as claimed. Sadly, the birds' lifeless bodies became actual waste because pesticide-laden goose flesh was deemed too toxic for food pantry patrons.

Please tell Urbana there is no rush to kill the resident Canada geese who live in Crystal Lake Park., and to take the necessary time to implement effective and humane management strategies. Future roundups must be cancelled before helpless animals are traumatized and senselessly killed!

What YOU Can Do — TODAY:



1. Call Urbana Park District Superintendent Derek Liebert and Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin to share your disappointment in their decision to traumatize and kill 175 geese who lived peacefully at Crystal Lake Park.

Urbana Park District, dial (217) 344-9583, and leave a message for Superintendent Derek Liebert

Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin, (217) 384-2456

You can say, "I'm disgusted that you killed 175 innocent geese and their goslings while they were defenseless and could not fly away. I implore you to cancel plans for future goose slaughters. Please give effective humane alternatives a chance!"

2. Comment on the Urbana Parks District Facebook and Twitter pages. Please tag Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin and reporter Ben Zigterman in your comment. You can say,

"Practice compassion for animals, including geese! Cancel future plans for wasteful, cruel charity goose slaughters @dwmarlin @bzigterman now."

3. Please sign our letter urging the Urbana Park District Board of Commissioners, the Urbana Park District Superintendent of Planning and Operations, the Mayor of Urbana, and the Urbana Parks Foundation Board of Trustees to cancel future goose roundups.


Submit our alert to immediately deliver your comments to:


  • Derek Liebert — Urbana Parks District Superintendent of Planning and Operations
  • Tim Bartlett — Urbana Parks District Executive Director
  • Diane Marlin — Mayor of Urbana
  • Michael Walker — President, Commissioner
  • Nancy Delcomyn — Vice President, Commissioner
  • Roger Digges — Commissioner and Urbana Parks Foundation Board Trustee
  • Meredith Blumthal — Commissioner
  • LaShaunda Cunningham — Commissioner
  • Ellen Kirsanoff — Development Manager, Urbana Parks Foundation Board Trustee
  • Fred Delcomyn — President, Urbana Parks Foundation Board Trustee
  • Megan Puzey — Vice President, Urbana Parks Foundation Board Trustee


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