PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND

July 23, 2012

Tatiana Pina

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Wild Canada geese have been causing headaches for those who manage Roger Williams Park, and they say part of the problem can be blamed on the adults who take children to feed them.

The geese in the 435-acre park have grown so populous that their feces, along with contaminated storm water that washes into the park, contributes to the pollution of the ponds and lakes.

To protect the ponds, park managers, working with state and federal officials, this month had 400 goose eggs oiled, keeping them from hatching. Some 410 geese were removed and killed, and their meat donated to charity.

Workers later put up orange signs, telling people in English and Spanish not to feed the geese and ducks.