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Wis. town killing geese to reduce droppings

May 31, 2010 at 10:06 PM

DELAVAN, Wis. (AP) - The town of Delavan plans to take drastic steps to reduce its goose population.

The town will use a $4,000 donation to trap and kill geese around Delavan Lake. The work will be done by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Service.

Dorothy Burwell is the chairwoman of the town board. She says goose droppings have become so prevalent that kids can’t play anywhere near the lake.

Workers plan to herd the birds into poultry cages. They’ll start in June or July, when the geese have molted and can’t fly.

Adult geese will be processed and donated to food pantries. Juveniles are processed for animal feed.

Chip Lovell works for the wildlife service in Waupun. He tells The Janesville Gazette these measures are only allowed after all other options are exhausted.

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