Fake news: It starts with the title of the article.

Euthanized refers to the termination of life of living things that are suffering. The geese did not appear to be suffering but rather very healthy and increasing in numbers (“Resident Canada geese to be euthanized in Rangeley,” June 23).

Exhaustive methods used? What methods. We spent five days in the Rangeley Lake area and discovered the “geese problem” on our own. No public signs, no warnings did we see, on stores or at the public library. We saw a person in a camp nearby feeding the geese. It appears they saw no message either. We never fed the geese.

It is accurate to state there was a fecal issue where the geese congregated. And we did see up to 15 geese, adults and young together. But the geese would readily move if a person approached them on land or in a canoe or kayak. So what exhaustive efforts were made to get them or keep them out of an area?

Is this meant to be an accurate article or just to be kind to the Agriculture Department and Maine tourism?

Killed is the accurate word. Often painful but accurate. I wouldn’t want to be killed.


But I wouldn’t want to be euthanized or “harvested” either. Those two words are real gentle on the person doing the killing.

Again, perhaps some geese need to be killed, but that article does not prove that or even try to. It’s just “they said,” and kind to the people that said it.


George Hunt


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