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US cities increasingly dealing with messy goose poop problem

FILE- This May 29, 2012 photograph shows a woman eating her lunch while surrounded by a gaggle of Canada geese feeding along the banks of the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass. Traditionally, this is the time of year when two things appear in the sky: falling autumn leaves and honking Canada geese migrating south. But lately, thousands of the birds have been wintering over in Boston and other northern cities, creating a vexing problem: A single goose produces up to three pounds of poop every day. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
September 30, 2016 - 9:38 AM

BOSTON - Canada geese are loud and aggressive, but worst of all they poop everywhere — a messy problem that's vexing cities across the country trying to keep their parks clean and safe.

One adult goose can eat several pounds of grass a day and produce a pound or more of waste, which can make humans sick and pollute waterways.

Boston City Councilor Annissa Essaibi George has introduced a measure to look at ways to drive the honking pests out of the city's public spaces. She says her own family trips to the park have been ruined by goose poop.

Cornell University scientist Paul Curtis says humans are to blame for the goose problem.

The birds once thought to be near extinction were federally protected, and the population grew virtually unchecked.

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