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Paducah, KY

Geese roundup

Geese roundup
By: Erica Byfield

PADUCAH, Ky.- Leaders in Paducah say Noble Park has gone to the birds, and something needed to be done. 

There is something a little different about Noble Park.

"Now that you said that it yeah because I remember the last time we came up here we got attacked, the kids were terrified," said April Shields.  She will not have to worry about that anymore because early Tuesday morning leaders with the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed 197 feisty geese the door.

"Where they supposed to?" asked Jessin McCarthy.  "You know why because there got to be too many.  Remember one time there where so many because we couldn't walk other here."

Laurie Blount with the Paducah Parks Department said that's one huge reason they kicked the geese out. "Number one they were just a nuisance as far as the poop they left all over the park, you couldn't step anywhere with out stepping in it."

It was not a problem Wednesday afternoon.

So, where did the geese go? Workers drove the geese to a lake in eastern Kentucky.

"We took them to a different habitat.  So they are all safe and all going to be well kept there," said Blount.   

"I certainly wouldn't want them to take them all away, that's a part of Noble Park and has been since I was a child," said McCarthy.   

Not to worry, Blount adds that is why they let a few geese and all the ducks stay put.

Since geese do fly so there's a chance in a few years the Parks Department will have to do this all over again.

"Eventually we will start getting geese in Noble Park; we will probably have to do this every five years or so once the population gets so big that they start causing a problem," said Blount.   

Until then, Noble Park will be practically geese free.

Moving the geese to Eastern Kentucky came with a sizable price tag, the city paid the U.S. Department of Agriculture $5000 to get rid of the birds.    

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