Canada Geese are increasing in number and causing concerns for residents at Lake Arrowhead. The problem is the geese are staying year round and not migrating.
John Ferguson, Lake Arrowhead's Park Superintendent tells us more and more residential geese are becoming accustomed to this area. Every day over a hundred Canada Geese are out on Lake Arrowhead. But it is what they leave behind that has park goers concerned.
Usually during this time of the year Canada Geese are migrating through our area. Heading south for the winter. But for Canada Geese out on Lake Arrowhead it is a different story. Ferguson comments, "I want to get the year round resident Canada Geese and encourage them to go somewhere else."
But they are staying around much to long. Ferguson says, "The problem in the recent years is that large numbers of Canada Geese are becoming year round residents of areas. There is grass for them to eat and no predators to scare them off or eat them." And despite the drought geese numbers are still pretty high. Daily about 100 Canada Geese have made Lake Arrowhead their new home. Something frequent park goers are not to excited about. Ferguson comments, "What they leave behind is a problem. Their fecal matter is a nuisance and could potentially be a health hazard. People of course don't want to go swimming in the lakes when there is goose residue in the waters."
The growing numbers also has Sheppard Air Force Base concerned too. "It's the year round geese that stay here at the lakes that are a hazard to air navigation. They are the problems these guys are trying to find a solution to out at Sheppard." Ferguson says one simple solution all residents can follow is, "We don't want wildlife to become dependent on people for food. They need to seek out their own natural food sources. Please don't feed them. Don't be alarmed if they approach you, but don't try to pet them."
To help clear some residential Canada Geese out of the area, Lake Arrowhead State Park, for the first time ever is hosting waterfowl hunting. It is also a way to encourage residents to visit and enjoy the park.