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City keeping geese numbers down

The enjoyable sight of Canadian geese wandering the city parks and the nuisance they create is something the City of Sturgeon Bay is trying to balance. Municipal Director Mike Barker says the number of geese has not warranted a removal roundup the past two years. He says the high-water levels attributed to the limited nesting of geese in 2019 and 2020. The United States Department of Agriculture conducted a roundup earlier this summer that accounted for 267 geese being captured. Barker says they are trained to handle the geese properly while removing them.

 

 

Barker says the city pays extra for processing the useable meat for the local food pantry. The USDA will only show up if at least 70 geese can be corraled.  Barker notes that the decision on geese removal is made on a year-to-year basis at the beginning of summer.  

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