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Falls Continues Geese Management Services at Community Park

In an effort to continue ridding Falls Township Community Park of Canada geese and their droppings, the Falls Township Board of Supervisors approved a multi-faceted, year-long plan.

Stepped up geese management efforts began several years ago and have “drastically” reduced the number of geese at the park, Falls Township Parks and Recreation Director Brian Andrews said.

At the outset, 200 or more geese frequented the park. Now, when the park is experiencing an influx of birds, 100 flock there, according to S&S Wildlife Control Services President Rick Shadel.

“There will always be a need for some level of management at the lake,” Shadel told the board, adding that he’s seeing less resident activity. “We’re not getting night pressure from the birds.”

Shadel said his costs have come down in recent years because ongoing efforts have been effective in keeping geese away. In 2018, Falls spent $14,868 on geese management, as compared to $27,000 spent the first year.

Similar to previous geese management plans, for 2019 S&S will undertake a 10-month hazing effort, which involves aggressive action on foot, noise, lasers and lights. It will be carried out in conjunction with a 10-week service involving Border Collies being used to train geese to stay off specified areas. Most of the efforts would be undertaken during daytime hours.

The board voted 4-1 to approve S&S Wildlife’s proposal in an amount not to exceed $27,200. The board also voted 4-1 to approve a separate agreement for egg addling and permitting services in the amount of $5,225. Supervisor Jeff Boraski voted no for both.

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