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Dealing with geese feces

July 22, 2010
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Here we go again. Saranac Lake had the Adirondack Runabout Rendezvous during July 4th weekend and visitors in their flip flops were stepping in heaps of slippery globs. "What the heck is this stuff?" a lady exclaimed, as the person next to her replied in a low apologetic voice, "Err goose poop."

This needs to be taken care of if we ever want to have events like the Fun Run, concerts in the park, canoe races, etc. There has been discussion for a few years on how to help the situation, but none of these steps appear to be taken. Here are inexpensive and humane solutions.

The village of Saranac Lake purchased a machine that could vacuum the grounds before an event, but we are told it is broken. It is not that old, let's get it fixed.

To prevent the geese from coming on to our shores, allow the grass to grow by the water so they can't access the land easily. This can be seen in other areas where the geese go to people's properties that are flat and trimmed, but not where there is high grass. The village needs to tell the lawn contractors to not mow so close to the lake to allow the edging to grow up.

Cheap chicken wire put down along the shoreline will also deter the geese from stepping ashore.

Have Sharon Bishop, the "Dog Lady" release her trained dogs to chase them away.

Order the spray that will make the grass taste foul to geese (no pun intended).

This is a health issue and action needs to be taken now. Start with the first two ideas and move down the list until it is fixed. No need to wait another year. Otherwise more geese will return in the spring, since they usually return to the same spot as where they had their babies.



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