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La Grange officials adding fencing, removing eggs to keep goose population at bay

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Members of La Grange Baptist Church built a fence around the pavilion, just a few weeks ago. Members of La Grange Baptist Church built a fence around the pavilion, just a few weeks ago.

LA GRANGE, Ky. (WDRB) – A flock of geese roams Wilborn Park making themselves comfortable on a rainy summer day.

“Anytime you go to Wilborn Park, they're all over the place. It's always a thing, but you just kind of get used to it,” said Cam Potts, a family pastor at La Grange Baptist Church.

Often times their presence isn’t welcome.

“If you came here to bring lunch or something you couldn't eat.  You couldn't do anything with food because they would hound you,” said Alex Provo, a frequent park visitor.

Nearly 12 months ago, the city ordered 22 geese to be shot and killed at the park, upsetting some residents. Since then the city has come up with new ways to limit the population and keep the geese at bay. One solution came in the form of a mission project. Members of La Grange Baptist Church built a fence, just a few weeks ago.

“Originally the pavilion was just this open, covered deal and our job was to come in and build a railing around,” said Potts.

Last year park goers had to be careful where they stepped but now with this new fencing surrounding the pavilion, the concrete floor is virtually clear of goose droppings.

“They haven't been in here at all today… they've stayed away. I've seen them around, but they don't come in here,” said Provo.

Provo, who often reads at the park, says she has seen fewer geese than normal.

To keep them away the city has also been spraying grape extract on the grass, and have been addling their eggs -- a process in which fertilized eggs are removed, the embryo is terminated, and then placed back in its nest.  A wire fence will also be put up near the lake by the pavilion. 

While the geese may look peaceful and quaint, what they leave behind is much less majestic.

“You can't walk in the grass or anything. You step in poop and it just sucks,” said Provo.

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

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