- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

HARBOR BEACH, Mich. (AP) - Decoy swans are a deterrent to real geese - and what they leave behind - at a Michigan park.

Eight life-like swans and one coyote for good measure have been placed along a bike trail near Harbor Beach’s Lincoln Park. Four more decoy swans - which city officials say are no friends to geese in their real form - are on the way for another section of the trail, the Huron Daily Tribune reported (https://bit.ly/25RkvzX ) Thursday.

The campaign builds on successful decoy deployment started last year. It follows years of trouble with geese behaving aggressively toward people on the path and perpetual plops of droppings that would be removed by workers and rapidly replenished by the waterfowl.

“We have a real issue with geese that are raising chaos,” City Director Ron Wruble said. “The city did an experiment last year and (that) told us that geese are the natural enemies of swans.”

Wruble added that he’s glad to say goodbye to the geese, though wonders where they have gone.

Goose hunting is legal in Michigan and runs from Sept. 1 to early February in various areas.

Harbor Beach is located in Huron County along Lake Huron in the state’s Thumb region.


Information from: Huron Daily Tribune, https://www.michigansthumb.com



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