Brightwaters residents seek solution to excessive geese population

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Some Suffolk residents are looking for a solution to the mess left by a large geese population in their area.

Residents of the Village of Brightwaters say the Canada geese population is out of control.

They say the birds often get in the way of traffic, eat their grass and leave behind droppings on their property.

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While many residents would like a solution, like applying corn oil to goose eggs so they don't hatch, others feel that the village should not interfere with nature.

Mayor John Valdini tells News 12 that option will not get a serious look until next spring at the earliest.

He says the goose population problem has divided the village.

According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, residents can deter geese from walking on their property by installing motion sensor sprinklers, using noisemakers, or letting the grass grow long to make it more difficult for them to feed.

However, many residents say it's going to take more than that to get the goose population under control.

Canada geese are legally protected at the state and federal levels, and that can limit the methods used to control them.

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