Lodi Overwhelmed by Goose Nuisance

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LODI—

It has been a problem at Lodi Lake for years. Everyone in the city knows about the geese nuisance.

It’s inevitable they have to do the do, but must they do it here?

“It’s gross. Every morning we have to scrub the decks,” said Dan Arbuckle. Arbuckle owns and operates Headwater Kayak Shop on Lodi Lake.

More than 150 Canada Geese are leaving their mark all over Lodi Lake. The feces they dump on the beach and in the water creates safety hazards. It’s why, at times, barriers are erected along the shoreline preventing anyone from going into the water.

“If water quality is bad, less people are renting kayaks,” said Arbuckle.

So why not just get rid of them? The geese are protected by the Migratory Bird Act of 1918. That means they can’t be captured or killed.

Wednesday night, Lodi City Council held a meeting and on the agenda were ways to handle the geese.

The report suggestions include barriers, hiring a dig-herding service, or using visual and audio distraction.

The city closed a job vacancy for a parks coordinator, who will be ultimately responsible for creating a way to manage the geese problem.

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