We’ve heard about the folks in charge of the golf course in Rossmoor fencing off a few of the local water features in hope of dissuading resident flocks of Canada Geese – more to the point, their shelter-seeking goslings – from putting a body of water between them and resident predators.
This was done, you may have heard, to nudge nature and the resultant goose poop that comes with flocks of geese, out of the line of play. And, in fact, the number of downy fur balls flitting about the links at Rossmoor has diminished – with bobcats, raptors and other natural predators licking their lips in appreciation of man’s latest intervention in the natural order of things.
While there’s nothing unlawful about a golf course taking such action, we and other wildlife fanciers – including a vocal cadre of Rossmoor residents – had a hard time with the decision to make it “every gosling for himself” at a retirement community that often bills itself as friendly to local wildlife.
It may not be as as outright a butchery as some of man’s better known anti-animal actions, but depriving the young of a migrating bird access to a natural hiding place seemed a little cold to us, and apparently to others.
Yes, goose poop can be hard on the eyes and FootJoys but some of the divots golfing Rossmoorians and their guests leave around are tough on the lie, too. Among species, man is by far the messiest – and hardest on others.
The damage to the most recent gaggles to land and breed appears to have been done. But we’re wondering if perhaps there’s still time to let the geese play through? What do you say, Rossmoor? It would be nice to see the animals win one for a change.