Encore: Should Geese Be Treated Like Bears? Cedar Rapids May Ban Feeding Geese
The City of Cedar Rapids is considering banning the feeding of geese to help abate the large number of them in city parks.
Vacations and movies like John Candy's The Great Outdoors have taught us one thing: Don't feed the bears.
In that same vain, the City of Cedar Rapids may eventually pass an ordinance banning the feeding of geese, after the population of geese has apparently become unmanageable.
The city's parks superintendent Daniel Gibbins said the geese problem has become bad. The geese have grown so large and left so much "unsanitary" feces, that he'd consider recommending hunters to stalk the birds, according to the Gazette.
If you've been around Robbins Lake or the park surrounding the Tree of Five Seasons, you may have noticed large quantities of the foul. Gibbins estimated that there are approximately 1,500 in the area.
That's in addition to the aforementioned possible ban, which Gibbins said has worked in other areas with similar problems.
But that's not all.
Gibbons said he's also considering sicking dogs on them. Apparently groups of shelties — a breed of dog — can effectively disperse the geese into more manageable areas.
But when will this all happen?
Gibbons will be submitting recommendations to the Cedar Rapids City Council by the end of the summer, so it's more likely to see one of the aforementioned solutions implemented after then.