EDITORIAL: Geese get a reprieve in Southington

EDITORIAL: Geese get a reprieve in Southington

After years of complaints about the mess and the health risks caused by goose droppings at Southington’s Spring Lake Village, in April the residents voted for a “roundup” that would catch the geese and euthanize them. But the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has now denied the condominium association’s request — the first such request it has received in the past two years.

Score one for the geese.

Fortunately, residents of the complex say there have been fewer geese around lately, so no further action against them is planned this year. The problem seems to have resolved itself, for now.

But if the geese come back, in force, the condo association may have to fall back on the only other tactic that seems to work: regular and consistent “hazing” of the foul fowl by specialists using noise and dogs. This may be costly, but it seems to be more effective than the strobe light that was used before the roundup request.

Another key to keeping the geese away, according to DEEP, is to make sure no one is feeding them.

Not all Spring Lake Village residents wanted the geese killed, but DEEP reports that goose feces can present a health risk to humans, with studies finding pathogens such as listeria, salmonella and e. coli in the droppings.

The geese may be cute, but they can also be pests at parks, golf courses, residential developments — almost anywhere with an attractive body of water. And there may be no way around the idea that keeping them at bay is just another cost of doing business.

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