Residents get advice on geese

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — Dozens of people flocked to Boardman Park Thursday evening to learn ways to deal with an increasing Canadian geese population.

The birds were once near extinction, but now make their homes just about anywhere. Landowners who prefer not to be landlords to the waterfowl got advice from the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

They learned geese nest where they can find plenty of grass and water and where there are no predators.

“For the most part, geese are not a problem but when you get into urban landscapes, the geese are very adaptive and they’re becoming very comfortable around people and the urban landscape,” said Bryan Kay, a wildlife research technician for the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

He said the best advice to keep away unwanted geese is to install a fence, put repellent on the grass, and don’t feed them. If anyone comes face-to-face with an aggressive goose, they should maintain eye contact and quietly back away.

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