Orchard Park Town Board members looking to tackle the problem of Canada geese at Green Lake came to no conclusions at a meeting this week.
“It’s a question of whether you want to harvest them or not,” Councilman Eugene Majchrzak said.
Residents have complained about the increasing number of geese at the lake in Yates Park.
The town has employed several efforts in the past to reduce the number of geese, such as oiling their eggs to keep them from hatching, harassing them with loud noise and chasing them with dogs, town officials said.
“That was under the dog control officer when he was full-time,” Supervisor Janis Colarusso said Wednesday night, adding the officer is now part-time.
When they were harassed, “they flew to the other side of the lake,” Councilman David Kaczor said.
The hunting season for geese has been extended, and town officials discussed killing the birds during the designated hunting season.
“Maybe we hire someone to harvest them,” Majchrzak said. “That’s the only way you’re going to reduce the numbers.”
He said the geese do not bother him, but if they are causing a problem, the town should address it.
But the board did not decide what, if anything, the town would do about the geese.