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WILL GRAPE KOOL AID SAVE THE DAY AND THE GEESE IN MAMARONECK?
WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY March 10, 2013 At the invitation of members of the Mamaroneck Board of Trustees, Westchester4Geese has submitted its own PROPOSAL to address the so-called 'problem' of the geese in the Village of Mamaroneck (Copy upon request).
This proposal, filed with Mamaroneck on March 7, 2013, was created in response to Mamaroneck's consideration of a proposal by Steve Garber, who is known for such quotes as, "There are lots of ways to get rid of the geese. You can throw rocks at them. You can hit them with sticks. These are things that people don't like. But, we are talking about geese." (NY Post).
A member of the Board of Trustees agrees the geese are likely
being scapegoated, as residents and visitors have complained of '...used
condoms, dirty baby diapers and worse' in Mamaroneck's water; so why
hire anyone who would allow the geese to be hurt or killed?
Turns out the sweet stuff is food grade and non-toxic...but hated by geese. Noted Wildlife rehabilitation expert Paula Young, who has worked with govt. officials in the Westchester County area, said, “Typically a successful repellent, grape Kool Aid contains methyl anthranilate, the name of the artificial flavoring used in grape bubble gum, grape popsicles, and grape Kool Aid.
It does not harm the geese, but they find it repulsive,’ Young
states. ‘Method of application - the powder is mixed with water
and applied to the grass through a dispenser usually used for
fertilizers. Applied weekly, it works very very well. Purchased in
bulk, as Kool-Aid, it is not expensive. It works. And
since the village has park workers involved with care of the greens,
there should be very little extra cost. ”
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