Star City Police Chief: Ducks And Geese Almost Gone
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on August 05, 2013 @ 6:12PM
Created on August 05, 2013 @ 5:04PM
There are only a handful of ducks and geese that call the Riverfront Park in Star City home. That's not a bad thing according to the city's police chief, Vic Propst.
Just two months ago more than 100 of the feathered birds called the park home. Propst said that was a problem because they were leaving their waste on everything, which had made the park pretty much unusable.
Propst said the birds kept coming around because people kept feeding the birds. In late June city councilors made it a crime to feed the fowl.
It turns out that ordnance has been pretty effective at keeping the birds away.
Propst told 5 News his officers have also used a gun that makes a whistling sound to keep the birds away. He mentioned they still have a few birds who visit the park, but they're not creating as much of a health hazard.
Propst also said he's seen a lot more folks using the park.
"We want (people) to use the park," he said. "We promote it (the park) as much as we possibly can. The pavilion is available for picnics we have a nice gazebo down there."
Propst wanted to remind folks it's still illegal to feed the birds, and anyone caught doing would face potential fines.
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