Curbing a ‘fowl’ problem in Hamilton County

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HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. (Aug. 6 2015)-- City leaders in Carmel are trying to deter flocks of birds from congregating near the reflecting pond. The mess left behind by the ducks and geese has already cost the city about $24,000 to clean up.

Mayor Jim Brainard says the droppings are not only a nuisance, but also a health concern.

Canada geese are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, meaning they can't be touched or harmed.

One central Indiana company uses border collies to keep migrant birds away.

"We are conditioning them that this is no longer a safe place to be and you need to go else where to be safe," said Sally Wyatt, owner of the Geese Police.

The dogs chase the birds, but they never get close enough to catch them.

Brainard says he's exploring options to keep the birds away from the pond.  He says they won't be injured or killed--but he made it very clear that the birds are no longer welcome in Carmel.

"The geese are really mean, they aren't friendly. I try and walk around here and I get hissed at," said Carmel resident William Robertson.

Currently, there is a makeshift ramp to allow baby ducklings to get in and out of the pond. Brainard says no changes will be made to the ramp.

The mayor doesn't expect to make a decision on how he plans on curbing the bird population until next summer.

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