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A USDA technician sprays goose eggs with corn oil at a nesting site near Milwaukee. A similar procedure is being tried to control nuisance goose populations in Ashland.

The city of Ashland is trying to control nuisance Canada goose populations by destroying their eggs — a strategy that doesn’t sit well with some in a place that prides itself on hosting the annual Chequamegon Bay Birding and Nature Festival.

Over the past several weeks, a technician has prowled city wetlands in search of nests. When he’s found one, he’s sprayed the eggs with cooking oil, which kills the embryo inside and tricks the parent geese into believing the eggs are fine, so they don’t lay more.

Sara Hudson


Neil Howk


Dave Ruid


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