2008-11-06 / Church News

Pa. Park Tries To Cut Down Goose Population

BEAVER, Pa. (AP) - A park northwest of Pittsburgh has too many geese, and they are posing such a health hazard that officials will hold a goose hunt.

Beaver County will hold the hunt at Bradys Run Park in an attempt to reduce problems caused by bacteria found in goose droppings. The hunt will likely take place in late December and last several days.

The popular 2,000-acre park is about 35 miles north of Pittsburgh. This summer, its lake was closed several times due to high levels of E. coli. The season ended three weeks early because the problem was so severe.

County officials say the geese also soil park equipment, including a $230,000 playground. Commissioner Charlie Camp says he expects some negative feedback, but goose hunting is a legal sport.

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