Hearne on the Street: Ex Zoo Head Takes PR Hit Over 2002 Goose Massacre

What goes around stays around…

That’s certainly the case where former KC Zoo director Mark Wourms is concerned. As evidenced by a story yesterday in the Pasadena Star-News about improving the recreational use of the Rose Bowl loop.

“Brenda Rees at Descanso Gardens sends word that the La Ca ada Flintridge institution just became a ‘potential new home for a winged resident: a rehabilitated wood duck’ ” the Star-News writes.

Said wood duck was tended to by the institution for four months before off he flew, the newspaper reported before taking the following shot at Wourms:

“Maybe it’s just as well the duck didn’t end up at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden during the tenure of Mark Wourms,” the Star-News writes. “Wourms – who now seems likely to be succeeded by former Descanso Gardens executive director Richard Schulhof – had his own way of tending waterfowl.

“A reputation preceded Mark Wourms when he was named to lead the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden: goose killer,” according to Home and Garden, September 2004. “In the summer of 2002, as director of the Kansas City Zoo, he cut short a population explosion of Canada geese by rounding up 300 of them for slaughter at

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One Response to Hearne on the Street: Ex Zoo Head Takes PR Hit Over 2002 Goose Massacre

  1. Anonymous says:

    rick
    I worked with Dr. Wourms. He was a knucklehead.

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