Essen struggles with this problem – and every year it gets worse
Essen and other cities in North Rhine-Westphalia are also struggling with a problem.
They leave their excrement in parks and on lawns, bite off flowers and chatter loudly: in many cities, as well as in Essen, Canada geese and Egyptian geese are not welcome.
Eating has an animal problem
But the number of animals in NRW, which many city dwellers perceive as annoying, continues to increase. The population of Canada geese in North Rhine-Westphalia is growing by around three percent per year – the population of Egyptian geese by as much as seven percent! This is announced by the North Rhine-Westphalian Ornithological Society (NWO). “This increase continues,” says Kees Koffijberg, geese expert at the NWO.
This is the city of Essen:
- goes back to the women’s monastery in Essen, which was founded before 850
- 582,760 inhabitants, nine districts and 50 districts, fourth largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia
- since 1958 seat of the newly founded diocese of Essen
- Landmarks among others: Zeche Zollverein, Villa Hügel, Grugapark Essen
- was European Capital of Culture in 2010 and European Green Capital in 2017
- Lord Mayor is Thomas Kufen (CDU)
Food: THIS action has already been taken
But measures have already been taken against this: In Essen, for example, the unloved geese are denied access to breeding islands. In Düsseldorf, eggs have been removed from geese clutches for a number of years.
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And the figures from last year showed that the measure is working in the state capital: If the number of Canada geese in the city’s parks tripled from 2009 to 2017, the increase would stop in 2020, said Koffijberg. (cf with dpa)