- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 25, 2016

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Cedar Rapids may turn to hunters to help lower the number of geese making a mess of the city.

Parks superintendent Daniel Gibbins told KCRG-TV (https://bit.ly/1U8pwvt ) that the goose population has climbed despite several city efforts and control methods.

“But it’s to the point where we have to reduce the population locally,” Gibbins said.

A proposed ordinance change would allow goose hunting in parts of the southwest quadrant of the city. If the change passes, goose hunting would be allowed on undeveloped, rural land south of Highway 30 and west of Interstate 380.

Hunters would also need a license from the Department of Natural Recourses and permission from the property owner.

“As long as people are responsible doing it, and do it for what I say is the right reason, which to me is eat what you kill, I’m all for it,” said Joel Johnson, whose property would qualify for hunting under the amendment.

The city spends $15,000 to $20,000 a year cleaning up after and controlling geese. In the past, it has used remote controlled devices that chase the birds and lasers that frighten them into flight.

The city has also passed a no feeding ordinance and changed what vegetation grows near rivers to discourage nesting.


Information from: KCRG-TV, https://www.kcrg.com

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