Mamaroneck, NY, has a Canadian goose problem. The animals are coming to the village, eating the natural wildlife, then contaminating the parks and water supplies with droppings. Goose feces has been linked to sick children in the area after coming in contact with the contaminated water.
Prepared to fight back, the town worked with the United States Department of Agriculture, or USDA. First, the county tried dogs, but the geese adjusted and learned to deal with the dogs. Next, the county purchased orange robots to scare the geese away, known as Goosinators. Officials believe the geese will adjust to the Goosinators in time.
Mamaroneck officials are now prepared to take lethal action, killing Canadian geese. The town will provide the goose meat to homeless shelters and food kitchens in the surrounding area.
The plan is to capture the birds in nets and cages during the molting season, when the geese are easier to catch. Nests will be coated in biodegradable corn oil, preventing eggs from hatching.
If successful, Mamaroneck could restore the local water supplies and beaches to normal within two years.