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Ocean Pines Finds Solution to Remove Canada Geese

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OCEAN PINES, Md. – The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors has voted on a non-lethal plan to remove the Canada Goose from the South Gate pond.

The decision comes after a lengthy debate about how best to get the geese out of the area. Some residents wanted to euthanize the geese while others wanted a more humane approach to weed them out.

Problems reported as a result of the geese's presence include more waste droppings, poor water quality and increased traffic as the geese frequently cross the road.

The board's plan, which was suggested by the Environmental and Natural Asset Advisory Committee, will happen in three phases. Phase one and two will involve making the pond unattractive to the geese by growing out the grass and installing monofilament – a type of plastic fishing line – around the pond's perimeter.

Berlin resident and South Gate park-goer, Dawn Mullens, said people will also have to do their part to not encourage the geese to return.

“I've also noticed that there are specific signs that say ‘do not feed the geese,'” said Mullens. “Some lady came with a big bucket of food and the geese ate the food obviously, which creates more environmental issues for the lake.”

Phase three of the plan is to spray a chemical known as “Flight Control,” which is a goose repellent that changes the bird's perception of food, according to the Flight Control Plus website.

Ocean Pines Association Vice President Marty Clarke says it will cost about $6,500 to implement the plan. It's likely to be a recurring expense for the town in order to continue solving the problem.

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