Almost 300 Canadian geese have been removed from Mobile’s Langan Park and euthanized.
Officials with the City of Mobile say they were inundated earlier this month with complaints about the birds and their droppings. The city contacted the U.S.D.A’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service and on Monday that organization’s unit out of Auburn, with permission from the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service, removed 278 geese, citing a high level of feces accumulation.
“A lot of it was just the feces – on the sidewalks on the playground equipment, obviously it was a real health concern,” said Bill Harkins, Public Works Director.
100 geese remain at the park with about 40 ducks. Friday, families and kids were feeding the birds. It’s almost a Mobile tradition. Carol Bannerman, a spokesperson for the U.S.D.A’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service, however, says to avoid the geese concentration, park-goers should not feed the birds.
Bannerman said the geese were euthanized and could not be released to another area.
“They have a strong homing instinct,” said Harkins. “If we just took them away somewhere they’d all come back and we’d be in the same situation.”