City expands efforts to address waterfowl nuisances

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Superior implemented a multi-prong approach to manage nuisance geese, waterfowl and pigeons in the city in August.

Now, the City Council is considering additional measures to get those populations under control.

Tonight, the Council considers a measure that would allow police or designees to shoot the fowl on private property with owners or managers' permission and on public property.

With hunting areas defined by the Superior Police Department in August, the city has already seen success at the golf course, where 178 birds have been killed to date. Only once since the program started, has the golf course staff needed to use blowers to clean droppings off the greens, according to a memo by the Council written by Linda Cadotte, parks, recreation and forestry director.

"The birds that do land there will now leave when prompted by course personnel," Cadotte wrote. "Overall, golfers and golf course management has been grateful and extremely supportive of this effort.

However, she said, hazing of geese at docks, piers and other public lands has worked to some extent, but the birds are becoming accustomed to being chased off and return later in the day.

In addition to establishing hunting areas, in August, the Council approved adopting changes to its waterfowl ordinance to prohibit feeding the birds within 300 feet of any maintained city park, recreation area or property in the city and using pyrotechnics to move the fowl from public areas where hunting is not allowed. A routine patrol seems necessary for hazing to be effective, Cadotte stated.

In other business, the council considers public comment on the city's proposed 2018 budget tonight at 6:30 p.m. in Room 201 of the Government Center, 1316 N. 14th St.