St. Louis seeks goose volunteers

Saturday, February 16, 2002

ST. LOUIS -- The population of Canada geese in Forest Park is getting too large to control, and the city is looking for a little help.

St. Louis officials said Thursday that the city has formed a partnership with GeesePeace, a national group with programs aimed at finding humane ways to reduce the nuisances created by the geese. As part of the program, the city is seeking volunteers.

More than 500 Canada geese now reside in Forest Park, park manager Anabeth Weil said. Because people feed the geese, they don't migrate.

Volunteers are trained to spot nests and either replace the eggs with fake ones or coat them with vegetable oil so they will not develop.

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