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A Delta turf farm that receives regional food waste for composting has a federal “damage or danger” permit that allows the use of firearms to harass and kill scores of nuisance gulls per year attracted to the operation.
David Hancock of the Hancock Wildlife Foundation said he is outraged at Environment Canada for issuing the permit, saying: “That’s incredible. I find the issuance of a kill permit to be an obscene way of handling an obvious turf-farm, self-induced problem.”
Hancock said in an interview that he received three calls on Sunday from individuals who witnessed multiple gulls being shot on the turf farm.
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The following is an open letter I just sent to the local and provincial governments as well as the media:
Today, June 12, 2016, my phone has rung off the wall in response to extensive shooting of gulls, crows and starlings and …..?? at the Delta Turf Farm on 72nd Ave. in Delta, BC.
As many people know the Turf Farm has taken on the processing of a significant part of the 'organic waste' from the Vancouver Landfill immediately to the north across Highway 99. The Turf Farm policy of exposing these food sources openly for scavengers to feast upon, particularly in the location immediately between the Boundary Bay Airport active runway (10m across the road to the east) and a new major Highway 17 (South Fraser Perimeter Road bordering the Turf Farm to the west), not only endangers many wildlife species mentioned above but exposes bald eagles to incredible threat of traffic and aircraft as well as the direct threat to vehicular human life and aircraft passengers approaching the Boundary Bay Airport. Both vehicle traffic and aircraft at this location I understand have already collided with eagles. I suspect each level of government will be party to some pending law suit for allowing this egregious land-use policy.
Tomorrow and Sunday, April 23 and 24, Hancock Wildlife Foundation and David Hancock will be at OWL's open house in Delta. HWF will have a display booth and David will speak at 11 AM both days. Please come out and see us and view the amazing raptors at OWL. Also on both days there will be a rehabilitated bald eagle released at 1 PM. Don't forget to bring your cameras.
We hope to see some of our Hancock members at OWL's open house next weekend, the 23rd and 24th. David Hancock will be speaking at 11 AM both days. I'll be at the HWF booth and I'm still looking for help to man our table, especially on Saturday while David is inside giving his eagle talk. The raptor release will be at 1 PM both days as well.