Sikome Lake gulls to be scared off by kites

A pair of kites with images of osprey hawks on them could be the answer this summer to the problem of gulls contaminating Sikome Lake.

The popular man made lake has a group of gulls infecting the water with fecal bacteria.

"The community of Coral Springs tried flying some kites and they tried kites that looked like osprey and apparently it was very successful in keeping the gulls and the geese from landing on the water," says Roger Reilander with Fish Creek Provincial Park.

Sikome lake was closed to the public for a few days two years ago when higher than acceptable levels of fecal coliform bacteria were discovered in the water. Gulls were blamed for the contamination.

The osprey kites will be ready to fly in time for the weekend when more than 20,000 swimmers a day visit the lake.

CBC Radio's John Spittal reports: