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Glenville resident Cheryl Chew objected to killing the geese and just giving the meat away to "poor people."

"I believe you profit from such agreements and your salaries are paid by such arrangements," Chew said. "We've already given the land to the geese, can't we give them the lake? The volunteers of Geese Peace are almost as beautiful as the geese. They have worked so hard. You are killing us, you are breaking our hearts."

Delmar resident Ward Stone, a New York state pathologist and hunter, spoke as a supporter for the group saying geese are raised to stock and release in parks lakes and ponds.

"We build ponds, parks and golf courses," he said. "These are places that attract geese. I am opposed to the killing of the geese planned for June, July and for future years unless a clear health risk is apparent. There are thousands of Canadian geese living in the Capital District and in non-hunting areas. We need to find an overall plan to teach our children you don't kill something because it's a nuisance."

For the past few weeks, volunteers have worked "shifts" in an attempt to scare the geese from the water. Geese Peace" spokeswoman Laura Brown said the plan is working and the geese are fleeing the area.

"Our group of volunteers asks that you implement a plan for an effective way to remove the geese in an non-lethal way and that you produce a population management plan," said Brown.

Sunnyside Road resident Cindy Pytlovany, whose residence sits on the lake, said she woke up Wednesday morning to see between 120-150 geese on the island at Collins Lake.

"There were a minimum of 120-150 geese this morning," Pytlovany said. "They are moving onto our lawns. My neighbor had about 35 geese in his backyard this week. When they leave the park they do not travel far."

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