Geese Round Up Ruffles Some Feathers

Joan Pistillo used to feed the geese in the backyard of her lake front home.
Joan said, “I’ve not seen one goose since they took them.”

Last week Nebraska State Game and Parks wildlife experts rounded up gosling and female geese at Lake Candlewood near 122nd and Charles in West Omaha.

That ruffles Dom and Joan's Pistillo’s feathers.
Joan said, “It just makes me ill because I don’t know if they’re dead or where they took them.”

Scott Taylor with Game and Parks said about 30 gosling or young geese have been transplanted to a wildlife area in saline county about 30 miles southwest of Lincoln. 15 ganders were left at candlewood. However 10 female geese were euthanized. Taylor said that’s a last resort but the geese population in the candlewood area was booming. He said egg spraying didn’t cut down on the numbers or the complaints form residents.

The Candlewood homeowners association requested the state remove the flock.
In an e-mail to the neighborhood the association representative said an adult goose could leave a pound of dropping each day which damages lawns and increases bacteria.

The Pistillos disagree and Joan said, “I couldn't tell my three grandkids what happened to the geese because they loved them as much as we did.”

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