‘The rabbit of the sky’: flocks of Canada geese plague New Zealand countryside

‘The rabbit of the sky’: flocks of Canada geese plague New Zealand countryside

The birds exist in a pest-control grey area, with no agency taking the lead, allowing the population to boom

They are aggressive, territorial, noisy and excrete more than a kilogram of faeces a day. Now huge flocks of Canada geese have made parts of rural New Zealand their home, bringing havoc in their wake.

The introduced birds are polluting waterways, damaging pasture and are so numerous in some places that they pose a threat to aircrafts, but little is being done to curb the problem.

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