Parks have seen their share of the Canadian visitors, and a mating cycle will bring bigger numbers next year, so the department will get funding to keep the numbers - and the mess - down.
Wildlife is often what draws people to the lake shore and the parks, but too much of a good thing is, well...too much. Expecting a boom in numbers next season, the Parks and Recreation board approved the application for a grant for geese abatement for 2013 and 2014. Craig Anderson, Parks Director, explained, "We generally conduct oiling of eggs and it has helped the numbers in the parks, as well as a goose round up. Last season, we rounded up 87 geese in Idle Isle Park, but missed about 40. There is a three year cycle, where the first two years see a decrease, but the geese that were hatched return to mate in the place they were born, so we're expecting those numbers to climb in 2013."