Town to ex­plore use of goose re­pel­lent

Windsor Star - - CITY + REGION - JULIE KOTSIS jkot­sis@post­media.com twit­ter.com/JulieKot­sis

Build­ing up grassy ar­eas around stormwa­ter man­age­ment ponds and lim­ited use of re­pel­lents were cited Tues­day as pos­si­ble so­lu­tions to LaSalle’s grow­ing goose pop­u­la­tion.

Cit­ing a lim­ited num­ber of res­i­dent com­plaints re­gard­ing the geese pop­u­la­tion over the last three to four years, LaSalle’s di­rec­tor of pub­lic works Peter Marra told town coun­cil that most in­quiries were about geese around the Vollmer Com­plex.

Marra sug­gested ex­pand­ing nat­u­ral­iza­tion around any new ponds should de­ter the set­tling of geese, which are at­tracted to wa­ter sur­rounded by young or man­i­cured grass or veg­e­ta­tion for feed­ing. Taller veg­e­ta­tion cre­ates an il­lu­sion of habi­tat for nat­u­ral preda­tors to hide so geese tend to avoid such ar­eas.

The town will also ex­plore the use of goose re­pel­lent at the Vollmer, where the banks sur­round­ing the pond will con­tinue to be cut to ac­com­mo­date use of the pond by user groups.

Marra said there are some re­pel­lent sprays avail­able but a li­censed com­pany would prob­a­bly need to be hired to ap­ply the chem­i­cals.

DAN JANISSE

LaSalle is look­ing for ways of de­ter­ring Canada geese from around the Vollmer Com­plex.

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