Take part in the French public consultation and say no to the proposal to extend the hunting of wild geese into February
The other two geese (white-fronted and harvested) can be hunted until February 10.
Update of January 31, 2019: you can consult the summary of the comments below as well as, in a separate document, the reasons for the decision.
The question of when to close geese hunting has been the subject of study and debate for several years.
The European population of greylag geese is growing rapidly, more than any other species of huntable bird, due in particular to changes in habitat and hunting practices.
The overall size of this population increased by about 30,000 in the mid-1960s, to 120,000-130,000 in the mid-1980s, to reach approximately 1,200,000 in 2017.
Because of this expansion, agricultural damage is increasingly important, which leads in particular the Netherlands to destroy a significant part of the population.
Directive 2009 / 147CE of November 30, 2009 concerning the conservation of wild birds, states in its article 2 that "the member states take all necessary measures to maintain or adapt the population of all the species of birds referred to in article 1 at a level which corresponds in particular to ecological, scientific and cultural requirements, taking account of economic and recreational requirements ”.
These latter requirements mean that regulation may aim to protect economic interests (such as damage prevention).
This decree includes mitigation measures likely to prevent in particular the risk of disturbance on other species (samples taken from a fixed post, use of other prohibited callers, dogs kept on a leash).