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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 7, 2006

Schumer Announces $6,000 For Goose Control In Cheektowaga

Federal Dollars Will Fund Non-Lethal Goose Control Measures To Control Canadian Geese Population

Overpopulated Geese Flocks Prevent Full Use Of Town Parks And Public Spaces

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced $6,000 dollars to the Town of Cheektowaga for goose control by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The federal money will fund a non-lethal goose control measure known as ‘egg treatment’ which helps to control the Canadian geese population. Cheektowaga has been wrestling with an overpopulation of geese for some time, specifically in Stiglmeier Park, a frequently used recreation space with multiple sports fields.

"Canada geese are overrunning our parks and open spaces and their droppings are polluting our water and our land," Senator Schumer said. "When you talk to anyone who uses local parks, playgrounds, open spaces, athletic fields and golf courses, you hear the same complaint, time and time again. The USDA funds will control the goose population and keep our parks and open spaces clean, green and beautiful. The USDA funds and expertise will hopefully help nip this problem in the bud.”

“We’re extremely grateful to Senator Schumer for his assistance. This money will go a long way in helping us pursue our commitment to non-lethal means for controlling the geese population. It will ensure that Stiglmeier Park will remain an enjoyable experience for families without concern for health or safety,” said Dennis H. Gabryszal, Supervisor of the Town of Cheektowaga.

Throughout Cheektowaga, Canada geese droppings are both a major inconvenience and a hazard to local residents, as well as an environmental risk to the soil and water. Canada geese settle wherever they find grass and water, favoring cultivated areas such as parks and recreational facilities. The program by the USDA uses environmentally-safe and non-lethal methods to reduce the number of geese and redirect them away from public places. The egg treatment process includes "addling" of geese eggs, akin to spaying or neutering a dog in which the eggs are coated with oil. This method has been used successfully in many areas of the country.

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