If you can't beat 'em ... eat 'em!
But can you make an omelette with them?
Like many parts of the United States, Anchorage, Alaska is
battling the omnipresent Canadian Goose. Anchorage's four airports spend several
hundred thousand dollars annually to keep geese from endangering aircraft. The
airports use a variety of tactics, including fox or coyote cutouts that are
moved around, sound cannons, and even shooting by special permit. The need for
aggressive tactics became tragically apparent in 1995 after geese were sucked
into a jet engine, causing an Air Force jet to crash, killing 24 people.
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act prohibits most activities that would harm the geese, making control efforts difficult in most areas. But under a special program, egg collection is being allowed in Alaska if the eggs are donated to Alaskan natives, whose ancestors consumed the eggs. The eggs reportedly taste quite good.
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