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Canada Goose poop complaints spurs action from Port Moody council

The City of Port Moody says complaints about Canada Goose poop at Rocky Point Park have prompted it it to find ways to keep the birds from making such a mess.

'We need to find some way to control the population a little bit'

Canada Geese at Rocky Point Park have drawn complaints from people who say it's like walking through a mine field. (Kamil Karamali/CBC)

Rocky Point Park is a favourite spot for Nicola Shoton and her two daughters who usually like to roll in the grass and have a picnic, but this year, they have had to focus more on where they put their feet due to the amount of Canada Goose poop in the Port Moody park.

"Seems to be a lot more than there usually is," said Shoton with a laugh as she inspected her daughter's feet.

The City of Port Moody says a special vacuum it uses to suck up the poop is less effective this year because of all the rain. (Kamil Karamali/CBC)

The City of Port Moody says complaints about all the geese are up and it is taking steps to do something about the problem.

"We don't want to run the geese out and certainly do anything to harm them but find a way we can control them and mainly control that concentration so that in the best case scenario they would just spread out a little bit," said Mayor Mike Clay.

The manager at Pajo's Fish and Chips at Rocky Point Park in Port Moddy says this is the most Canada Geese she's seen in 16 years and has taken steps to keep them away after customers complained. (Kamil Karamali/CBC)

Officials with the city say that there isn't an increase in the number of birds, while the problem has gone up and down over the past several years,

"Interesting fact and why I know this, I don't know, but geese actually poo every seven minutes, so with approximately 400 geese in the park what a mess this is trying to keep up and maintain," said Jessica Woods, who is the city's superintendent of parks.

It appears Canada Geese at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody enjoy the area and all it has to offer as much as local human residents do. (Kamil Karamali/CBC)

Woods said the city will consult with other municipalities about how they deal with the problem, but also look at a way to fence off areas to keep the birds from congregating in one area.

Port Moody does use a special vacuum to suck up the poop, but this year wet conditions have made it more difficult to successfully do that.

With files from Kamil Karamali

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