Blytheville parks have major issues with geese

Blytheville parks have major issues with geese

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The Blytheville Parks and Recreation Department is trying to thin out the geese population in the city parks.

The overpopulation of the birds is causing health issues and making the parks dirty, according to department director Elroy Brown.

Brown said the geese have become comfortable in the parks and are no longer scared of cars or people.

Some of the park ponds have flashing lights in them to disturb the birds sleep patterns, but most birds are now immune to the lights, according to Brown.

He said the park is looking into solutions like loud noises and flashing lights, but the best solution may be hunting season.

"The population is growing and we want to take advantage of this hunting season September 1 through September 15 and hopefully we can run them out of the parks temporarily so people can hunt them," Brown said.

Brown said the department is working hard to get the birds out of the parks and within hunting limits since hunting geese within the city limits is illegal.

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