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Mayor needs better ways to deter geese

Letter to the Editor,
March 21, 2013

Re: “Nonlethal solutions to geese urged,” March 12 article

Does Mamaroneck have geese that lay golden eggs? If not, one wonders how it is that Mayor Norm Rosenblum continues to refuse offers to solve his goose problem for less money than the USDA contract — and in some cases, for free.

Mayor Rosenblum has not addressed the lingering question of what happens when new geese return to the area. As The New York Times has reported, it only took a few weeks for geese to repopulate Prospect Park in Brooklyn after nearly 400 geese were killed. It is likely that killing geese will be a waste of taxpayer money.

Clearly, Mamaroneck needs a long-term strategy. In fact, the village has heard several long-term solutions that are far cheaper than what the USDA charges. Geesebusters is less expensive, and gives a money-back guarantee. Innolytics, a company that makes birth control for geese, has offered to provide free OvoControl for one year. Volunteers have offered to assist with egg-oiling, and residents suggest allowing leashed dogs to deter geese.

With so many options available to him that are more cost effective, the public is left wondering: Does the mayor want to solve this problem, or does he just want his way?

Kimberly Gold

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