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Pesky Canada Geese Pose Problems For Some

POSTED: 1:07 pm EST November 8, 2005
UPDATED: 1:54 pm EST November 8, 2005

BRAINTREE, Mass. -- A foul situation at the Braintree Municipal Golf Course has prompted city officials to temporarily open the grounds to hunting for geese.

Beginning next month, licensed hunters will be allowed to shoot and bag Canada geese, which have overrun the course and become a nuisance.

The course has an abundance of clipped grass, which geese consider a delicacy, wooded areas for egg-hatching and plenty of water.

But the geese have been using the well-manicured grounds as a bathroom, threatening public health and drinking water. "It's a huge problem," Braintree Parks Superintendent William Hedlund told The Patriot Ledger of Quincy.

A border collie owned by golf course manager Daryn Brown has been patrolling the grounds and chasing away the birds, but they continue to return.

Braintree officials authorized a special hunting season between Dec. 16 to Jan. 7 and Jan. 15 to Feb. 16 for hunting the geese at the golf course. Hunting will be restricted to daylight hours and to areas away from houses. Hunters must be licensed, approved by the Braintree Police Department and follow state hunting guidelines.

Previous hunts at the golf course have yielded as few as a dozen geese and as many as 125.
 
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