Geese escape gas

McLaughlin said the village only acted in an effort to ensure a clean, safe environment for their taxpaying citizens to enjoy. He says the village and park boards have always worked under the advice of local, state and federal wildlife experts on park matters.

"We thank the agencies for their professional support of the village and their continuing work to track the problem," McLaughlin said. "We also thank these agencies and the New York state Conservation Council for their support of a plan to utilize the goose meat at food pantries and meal sites."

Last month, the state Conservation Council offered to take the meat from the village and donate it to local pantries, which currently have a program that allows hunters to donate meat to food pantries.

The mayor says he hope the citizens continue to work the lakes and parks in an effort to keep the geese away for the rest of the season.

Brown said Save the Geese will continue to work to make sure the geese don't make the park unusable

"As a group, we are fully aware that the real work is just beginning. We embrace the challenge. It is a labor of love," said Brown.

Brown said the group hopes to be able to sit down in the fall and to be able to work with the village board concerning the geese population that will return next spring.

"The village plan was adopted after considerable study, profes-sional consultation and anguish," McLaughlin said. "The decisions in 2007 will be no less difficult.""

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