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City goose abatement program effective, public works head says

Wisconsin Rapids' proposed duck, geese feeding ban dead in the water; officials would consider 'well-developed plan' if brought forward

1:34 AM, Jul. 16, 2013
Ducks sit Monday in the East River Bank Conservancy Area in Wisconsin Rapids.
Ducks sit Monday in the East River Bank Conservancy Area in Wisconsin Rapids.
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After months of controversy about Wisconsin Rapids' plan to reduce the local goose population, a city official said the program, which led to the killing of most of the geese in the city, was effective.

Crews rounded up 52 Canada geese during the first attempt June 26 in Henry Demitz Park, said Jim Borski, the city's public works superintendent. They also collected another dozen down river, closer to Ben Hansen Park, along Second Avenue South.

A third group of birds was too close to the Centralia dam near Port Edwards to wrangle, Borski said. About a half dozen remain in the East River Bank ...

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