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22 geese shot and killed at La Grange park, some residents upset

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LA GRANGE, Ky. (WDRB) -- La Grange city officials get rid of more than 20 geese at a local park and some residents aren't happy about how they did it.

Jonathan Stark says he uses Wilborn Park to go fishing a couple times each month. "I think it's really nice," Stark told us. He says he doesn't mind the park crowd when he's there -- geese and ducks that seem to always out number the people. "It doesn't really bother us too much."

But the birds, and what they leave behind, has been bothering city officials. Mayor Bill Lammlein couldn't do an on camera interview, but says it was his decision to take action on Tuesday.

"Just to come out and shoot them all? That's kind of shocking," Stark said. "I didn't even know they could do that."

The Mayor confirms 22 geese were killed at the park. He says a federal permit allowed the city to do so. Lammlein called the goose poop a "health hazard" and says he was protecting people using the park.

Signs asking visitors not to feed the geese are posted throughout the park, but the gazebo is full of droppings. Lammlein says they can no longer rent it out.

"As soon as you get food out, here they come. I mean, you're surrounded by them and they'll come after your food," said Sabrina Dabney, who's lived in a home next to the park for 20 years.

“I can't take my grand kids over there because it's so nasty, the geese droppings and the duck droppings are everywhere," she said.

Dabney also wants a cleaner park but says she wishes she could have known gun shots would ring out Tuesday morning. "They've tried so many other ways. The only other thing I wish they would have done is give us a notice."

The mayor says the city has tried to reduce the geese population in several other ways, before the decision to shoot them was made. He says federal and state officials knew about the action. La Grange Police say they blocked the park off while shots were fired.

It's unclear how the city will move forward at this point, but there are plenty of geese and ducks, and their droppings, still there.

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