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Posted on: July 24, 2012

[ARCHIVED] City Uses Volunteers to Shoo Geese from Pfiffner Park

A USDA APHIS Wildlife Biologist recommended the best method of keeping geese off the grass in Pfiffner Park is to employ constant harassment. Volunteers will scare the geese into the water throughout the day by making noise with plastic clappers.

The City of Stevens Point has received complaints about the number of geese present in Pfiffner Pioneer Park and the residue they are leaving on the paved trail and the grass area in front of the Bandshell.

Rain typically washes away most of the residue left behind by the geese, but because of the drought conditions we are now facing, most lawns in the area have gone dormant and the irrigated grass in front of the Bandshell has become a major food source for the geese - increasing their numbers in the area - and the lack of rain has also let the goose residue accumulate.

The Parks Department staff reviewed a number of different methods that other communities and businesses have used to try to control the number of geese on their property, ranging from making sites less attractive to geese by employing "no feeding" ordinances, scare tactics, habitat modifications, goose barriers, repellents, and trained dogs, to relocating geese and lethal techniques such as addling eggs, sterilizing geese, and rounding up geese to euthanize them.

A Wildlife Biologist for the USDA, APHIS, Wildlife Services recommended the best method for Stevens Point to use at this point would be to employ constant harassment. By using volunteers to scare the geese back into the water throughout the day by making noise with plastic clappers, the city hopes that many of the geese will eventually relocate and we will be able to maintain an appropriate number of geese for everyone’s enjoyment.

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