The geese to be removed from Madison parks will be herded by foot or by kayak into temporary corrals, then placed in crates for transport off site, said Carol Bannerman, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services, whose employees will do the work.
The adult geese will be taken to a licensed meat processor, where they will be killed and made into goose burgers for donation to area food pantries, she said. USDA staff euthanize the juvenile geese, or goslings, which are donated to wildlife sanctuaries or animal education facilities for feed for other animals, she said.
The permit issued the city allows up to 350 Canada geese to be captured and killed, a number that includes adult and juvenile geese combined, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.
Bannerman said USDA Wildlife Services euthanized 24,000 geese in fiscal year 2009, the most recent data available.