Fake coyotes, strobe lights will discomfort geese

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Chattanooga State Community College will try different tactics to prevent the campus from being overrun by Canada geese.

Officials of the college were upset when they learned that about 100 geese they asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to trap last month were euthanized.

College Associate Vice President Eva Lewis told the Chattanooga Times Free Press a growing population of the birds will be made to feel "uncomfortable." That discomfort will come from playing strobe lights on the lake, placing dummy coyotes made of wire and putting down wire mesh along the lakeshore. Geese don't like to walk on it.

Lewis said noisemakers are not an option.

Officials are also considering painting eggs the geese lay with vegetable oil, which blocks oxygen and keeps the eggs for developing.


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