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Clean Scotia Collins Park site of celebratory picnic

They said it couldn't be done.

While many residents of the village of Scotia looked on with skepticism, the Save the Geese group began a plan of action to humanely rid Collins Park of the geese that made the park unusable.

The all-volunteer group proved to the village board that research, planning and dedication could in fact keep the geese under control. A combination of hazing by humans and dogs has kept the amount of geese under control this year, leaving geese and park lovers happy.

Save the Geese spokesman David Goldschmidt said this is why it is important that neighboring communities make an effort to haze the geese as well.

We're all optimistic that our work will continue to pay off. We know that our efforts and success have both been recognized and we will continue on our path of keeping the geese both out of the park and out of harm's way, said Goldschmidt.

The group is celebrating its success with an end of the summer potluck dinner in Collins Park, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 25. Group member Laura Brown said they feel it's a good opportunity to honor all the volunteers who have donated their time and energy.

"Save the Geese has done it again. We have all shown that non-lethal methods are not only simple, but effective as well," said Brown.

Village officials are still looking at how to iron out legalities concerning funding for the all-volunteer group. Save The Geese currently funds its own efforts. Part of the success for the group this year was its use of border collies on the lake. The group looked to a professional dog hazer out of Madison County earlier this summer. The group paid for the trainer's assistance and provided housing for the collies.

"We are always looking for manpower as well as funding that will allow us to continue to control the population," said Brown.

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