School board to continue with plan to euthanize geese

Others said they still thought the school should continue to pursue non-lethal strategies, but ultimately the board decided to uphold its original decision to go ahead with the extermination.

USDA Federal Wildlife Biologist Mark Carrara said during the meeting that the flock of about 20 or 30 geese is spread out around the community, and that the school should coordinate with local governments on future extermination projects.

The benefits of the goose extermination will be immediately noticeable, according to Carrara, but he said that without a long-term strategy the geese would return. The board agreed to form a long-range strategy including several non-lethal approaches, such as fences, mesh barriers and landscaping practices that make the schools campus less attractive to geese.

Carrara said USDA personnel would round up and euthanize as many geese as possible during the summer molting season, a period when the birds can't fly and are easier to capture.

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