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>$6,000 in federal funds will aid geese control

Cheektowaga will be using federal funds to help control its Canada geese population with nonlethal means this year.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said the town will receive $6,000 to treat goose eggs to prevent them from hatching.

The nonlethal means was used last year. Geese also were rounded up and killed to reduce the population.

"Canada geese are overrunning our parks and open spaces, and their droppings are polluting our water and our land," Schumer said in a news release. "When you talk to anyone who uses local parks, playgrounds, open spaces, athletic fields and golf courses, you hear the same complaint, time and time again."

Cheektowaga has battled with an overpopulation of Canada geese in Stiglmeier Park and last year hired the U.S. Department of Agriculture to design and carry out the population control program. The town also hired dogs to chase the birds away from the park.

The town is contracting with the department again this year to find the eggs in their nests and coat them with oil to prevent them from hatching.

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