Broome County geese grief

By Brandi Bailey

April 16, 2014 Updated Apr 17, 2014 at 1:48 PM EDT

Town of Dickinson, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) Broome County is taking action against the large number of geese that are populated in local parks.

It is called the "goose management program" and will cost the county roughly $7,000.

Otsiningo, Cole, Dorchester and Greenwood Parks are all part of the program.

The management program was brought up about ten years ago, after Broome County deemed the geese to be a health hazard and a possible danger to park goers.

According to democratic legislator Jason Garner, it has not been brought up to the legislature since.

The county has tried several different tactics to deter the geese, including fences, dogs, windmills and even chasing the geese with golf carts.

"I don't have a problem with the geese. When I run through here the geese get out of my way. My kids will come and play on the playground. I do see some issue on the playing fields," Garner said.

Broome County decided removing the geese was the best option.

The county is working with the USDA and the Department of Agriculture. The geese will be removed from the parks alive and then used to feed the homeless and the hungry.