'You're walking on a carpet of goose poop out there'

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- As a devotee of disc golf, which he regularly plays in Ann Morrison Park, Travis Lindstrom probably comes into contact with more goose droppings than your average Boisean.

"There's goose droppings everywhere," said Lindstrom, who runs the Boise Disc Golf store and organizes tournaments and matches. "It gets tracked around, it's really a nuisance. It's everywhere. You're basically walking on a carpet of goose poop out there."

You really can't blame these migrating Canada geese.

They know a good thing when they see it.

Experts with the Idaho Fish and Game Department say Boise's lush green parks and golf courses abound with water and offer a safe habitat with plenty of food, some of it even hand-delivered, unfortunately.

The problem facing Boise and increasingly more cities around the country is: how do you keep the geese from leaving their droppings where humans love to tread?

Dogs are a deterrent, geese fear them.

And the City of Boise has tried off-leash and canine herding experiments.

Some cities such as Denver have restored to a remote-controlled gadget called a Goosinator to scatter geese on land and water.

But these solutions are temporary and only result in moving geese to a different park or golf course in town.

Waterfowl experts say there is a permanent solution but it's one you probably won't like.

That permanent solution, experts say, would be to modify the landscape, change the habitat to make it less attractive to geese.

Add some native shrubs or make it a more desert-like environment.

Problem is, if you make a park less attractive to geese, you'll make it less attractive to people as well.

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