|Updated: 12/13/2011 9:56 am
||Published: 12/12/2011 7:22 pm
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR – North Little Rock has suspended the Goose Hunt originally scheduled for Dec 20th.
Mayor Patrick Hays issued the stay of execution for the nuisance geese in consideration to the recent opposition to the hunt. Now Hays is asking for the public to submit proposals of how to deal with the Burns Park residents.
“We’re going to aggressively move forward trying to see if there is anything we can try. I mean, there is a gentleman in one of the communications that says he can offer a permanent home to 20 of the geese out there. Well, I don’t know if there’s a way we can legally capture a wild animal and turn it over to this individual,” said Hays.
Since approving the hunt to control the goose population last month the city received several emails against it and a petition signed by more than 1,000 people. There is even a Facebook page dedicated to the opposition, called Coalition to Save the Geese of Burns Park.
"We firmly believe we're united in our desire to end goose human conflicts within the park. No one wants to set these geese up with hammocks and frozen drinks and give them a life of luxury in the park forever more,” says Scott White with the Coalition.
People with recommendations to non-lethal alternatives to managing the goose population are asked to submit their proposals and costs to the City Clerk’s office no later than noon on Thursday, December 15th.
Participants chosen by lottery to participate in the hunt are still required to attend the orientation meetings on either the 13th or the 15th. The meetings will be held at the North Little Rock Community Center at 6:30pm.
The mayor will give at least 3 days notice to participants in the event that the hunt is rescheduled.