Critics fail to derail SLCSD plan to euthanize geese

"[Carrara] is not looking to come down here and make a fool of himself and us and round up two geese," Gerry said. "I think what he will say to us is 'the geese aren't there, and I told you they might not be there."

If biologists are going to target the flock this year, they will need to act soon. The birds must be captured while they're molting and unable to fly, a condition that lasts only a few weeks in early summer.

Goldman said the decision to move forward is a judgment call that the wildlife biologist is capable of making.

"My [initial] thought was that if this is going to work lets go ahead and do this PDQ (pretty darn quick)," Goldman said. "My position still is, it still might work, tomorrow or the next day we could find 15 or 20 geese wandering around in our fields. I'm not going to speculate on that because I'm not a wildlife biologist."

About a dozen community members attended the 8 a.m. meeting, but members of the public weren't permitted to comment.

Saranac Lake resident Jan Plumadore was among those attending the meeting. Plumadore has backed the school's decision to eradicate the nuisance flock of geese. But he acknowledged in an interview after the meeting that the current plan might not work.

"The situation cries out for a cooperative solution among all the municipalities and adjacent property owners," Plumadore said. "But it doesn't sound like there's one in place right now."

Lennon also confirmed after the meeting that she would consider another goose roundup if it were a community-wide effort.

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