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The problem with geese

The District of West Kelowna will employ new tactics to try and control the non-migratory Canada goose population.

Officials with the municipality say trial techniques will be used along the waterfront to frighten the geese and discourage them from nesting in, and around beaches and overcrowding lakeside parks.

A licensed contractor will carry out and monitor the effectiveness of the scare tactics.

Staff with the municipality will also use noise guns to drive geese away and will test water quality weekly at high use beaches during the late spring and summer.

A contractor will employ a team to routinely clean problem geese areas.

As well, licensed contractors will continue with past years’ efforts to locate nests, conduct population counts and addle eggs to aid in further controlling goose numbers.

These humane efforts in West Kelowna are part of the wider Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program, which adheres to federal and provincial wildlife regulations.

The program is a partnership involving the District of West Kelowna and the cities of Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon, the Districts of Lake Country, Peachland and Summerland, the Glenmore Ellison Irrigation District, the Regional Districts of Central Okanagan and Okanagan Similkameen, the towns of Oliver and Osoyoos and Westbank First Nation.

According to the municipality the program has been successful in holding population numbers steady in an effort to preserve water quality, reduce conflicts with humans and pets and prevent the invasive geese from crowding out natural species in the Okanagan as Canada geese are highly aggressive and have few natural predators.

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