Here’s news from Village Manager Rich Slingerland:
The Village of Mamaroneck has for many years made efforts to address the growth in the resident goose population in our area because the vast amount of fecal waste they produce in our parks and open spaces. Our efforts have included the creation of natural areas of tall-grasses and plantings, use of a goose chasing dog, whistling rockets and decoys to scare away the geese.
The many soccer and baseball fields at Harbor Island Park used extensively by our residents and visitors are fouled by the many pounds of goose waste produced every day by geese that have located at the Park. The Village for many years has been receiving complaints about the goosewaste from our employees and from sports participants who use our playing fields.
During the summer of 2012, the Village purchased a field-vacuum trailer machine that is designed to vacuum up garbage and debris from the fields, and it has proven to be very effective in removing the goose waste that is on the fields. We have begun using the field-vacuum trailer as part of our regular field maintenance plan.
With regard to population control, the Village signed a contract in mid-December with the USDA for goose population management, which included plans to collect geese and send them to a food processing facility. Based on feedback and input from the Board of Trustees the
Village has withdrawn authorization to kill the geese and will not allow any geese to be killed under our contract with the USDA.
The following is the plan on how the upcoming steps will be carried out:
1. The Village will only move forward with the USDA using non-lethal methods.
2. We are moving forward with the USDA and the Egg Oiling program.
3. Village-property focus of the egg-oiling is Columbus Park and Harbor Island Park.
4. Private property involvement for the egg-oiling will include other large-scale waterfront
properties in the village who request to participate.
5. As part of the egg-oiling approach we do not want to disturb or chase away the geese since this will nullify any efforts to prevent new broods of goslings from hatching – if the geese are chased away, they will not nest and lay eggs here, they will just go and nest elsewhere. We will not take steps to haze, harass or chase away the geese until after the egg-laying and hatching season is over. Those measures will be reviewed and considered after that time.