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Goose roundup goes to public hearing

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Geese may be gone for the winter, but work continues to deal with a problem when they return.  There are concerns about what the geese are leaving behind at Eau Claire parks.

Goose waste has been a problem for three years at Riverview Park, Owen Park, and the beach at Half Moon Lake. 

The city says it's not only a nuisance, but a health concern.  One solution being discussed is a goose roundup.

The only thing missing from Wednesday's public hearing was the public. Only city and DNR officials attended the meeting which was the second chance for the public to comment on the proposed roundup. 

The USDA would capture geese and take them to a meat processing plant to euthanize the birds for food pantries or animal feed.

"The presentation from the representative was very helpful and beneficial," said Superintendent of Parks, Forestry and Cemeteries Todd Chwala. "It gave us some insights into strategies and tools we can use and an understanding of how adaptable they (geese) are. And that if we don't take some sort of measures to reduce this population or manage this population, our problems would only increase."

The city will begin applying for permits and would like to round up geese early this summer when they are unable to fly.

The round up is just one way the city will use to control the goose population.  Oiling goose eggs to prevent hatching, as well as using natural barriers such as long grass or rocks to prevent geese from taking over public parks are others.

The cost of the round up is estimated at about $6,000. The final cost will be determined after the permits have been granted by the USDA.

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