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Waterfowl droppings are a year-round problem

December 23, 2018

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — People who watch and feed the ducks and geese in Rapid City’s parks should also watch their step.

Parks Division Manager Scott Anderson told Rapid City Journal that waterfowl droppings are a messy problem year-round in areas of the city with open water, including Canyon Lake, Meadowbrook Golf Course and Memorial Park, and along Rapid Creek.

In spite of the city’s annual efforts, geese and ducks gather during the fall and spring migrations on water that remains unfrozen.

“It doesn’t help with the winter time and the migrant geese population,” Anderson said. “We’re always going to have that come through. It’s always going to be there with the open water.”

The city will work with Game, Fish & Parks to reduce the resident Canada goose population in the summer. This year’s roundup resulted in about 90 geese being captured and killed.

A few years ago, the city considered using a drone designed to make eagle noises to help scare the geese off. The drone could be programmed to fly along fairways near the golf course to frighten away the geese. The proposal was written off as too expensive, Anderson said.

“Maybe if we could get some eagles to nest here that would help keep the geese away,” he said.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com