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Chestatee golf course won’t shoot geese after all

POSTED: June 29, 2013 1:41 a.m.

The Chestatee Golf Club has decided not to shoot the Canada geese that have been troubling their course, said local resident Carroll Polak.

The club had originally obtained a permit to euthanize geese who have been eating their turf and leaving droppings on the course, according to a notice sent to residents.

Although golf club employees had no comment, Polak claimed that shootings have been indefinitely postponed.

“We have a beautiful golf course this season, and it looks better than it has in years,” Polak said. “I don’t want the geese to mess it up either, but I don’t want to shoot them.

“Right now, we have been researching other deterrents. The geese won’t leave until the goslings are old enough to fly. So we’re hoping they will be allowed to stay until then.”

Kimberly Byrd, another local resident, is not so confident.

“I think we were just appeased because we got everyone’s attention,” Byrd said. “It’s up to Chestatee at this point.

“Some golf courses use border collies to chase geese away but they’re expensive. A lot of us would be happy to try and come up with the money for an alternative method but we haven’t been given the chance.”

The Canada goose is a common golf course nuisance. Although a protected species under state and federal law, permits are available to euthanize problem geese but nonlethal harassment techniques are encouraged by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ website.

However, these techniques rarely work when the geese have young and the geese at Chestatee have two goslings, Polak said.


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