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Written by Tim Pearceon
For the second consecutive year, the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) has donated meat harvested from geese caught in Washington, D.C. parks to organizations that feed the homeless.
The NPS gathered 116 Canada geese from Anacostia Park in July to protect the park’s wetland habitat. Every goose caught was euthanized, and the meat, about 100 pounds of it, was tested to make sure it was safe for consumption, the Associated Press reported Friday.
Park officials donated the meat to the D.C. Central Kitchen, an organization that provides food to after school programs, homeless shelters, and rehabilitation clinics, according to the National Post.
The geese damage the park’s habitat by feeding on the plants that grow there. The NPS is responsible for managing and maintaining all national parks.