In deciding to not harvest the geese at the public beaches, the Department of Natural Resources has lost the opportunity to be “The Good Guys” in so many ways.
In deciding to not harvest the geese at the public beaches, the Department of Natural Resources has lost the opportunity to be “The Good Guys” in so many ways. The idea of harvesting the geese and making the meat available to the food pantries in the lake area was brilliant. (Thus, the promise of “A Goose in Every Pot.”)
Everyone won in this situation — those who enjoy swimming and playing at the public beaches; the business owners and residents at the Lake of the Ozarks; the taxpayers of the State of Missouri; and those who could use the food on the table for their families.
Two years ago, when the first notification of closing the public beaches was given, our children and grandchildren had planned a visit to the Lake. Part of the planned activities was a visit to PB2.
When we became aware of the closing, we decided to rent a pontoon at the PB2 Marina. In passing the beach, on the way to the marina, we saw over 40 geese on the sand and in the water (Yes, I counted them).
No further study needed.
The geese were and are the problem.
I hope the DNR will not waste time and money on another study when the outcome is so obvious.
I urge all who have been working with them to call for some common sense in this issue and encourage them to go forward with harvesting the geese during the June molting season.
-Joel Pottinger, Lake of the Ozarks