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Goose egg destruction has lowered bird population at Olander Park

Olander Park System officials say their efforts to destroy Canada goose eggs has helped curb the birds population at the park on Sylvania Avenue.

Erika Buri, park director, said employees have removed about 20 nests and roughly 100 eggs since the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife granted permission to do so in April. the eggs were removed and the yokes destroyed.

The process, she said, has helped lower the geese population at the Sylvania park. The permit, which expires Aug. 31, details the process to destroy the embryo, and specifies the egg be placed back in the goose nest in order for the bird to fulfill its natural instinct. If eggs are not placed back in the nest, the goose will lay more eggs.

It allowed embryos to be destroyed by shaking or coating the shell with a layer of oil to asphyxiate the embryo.

Officials said park patrons complained about Canada goose feces in the walkway and also inside Lake Olander, a popular summer swim spot. Patrons have also complained about geese becoming aggressive when someone neared a nest.

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