What happened to the geese at the Ohio Veterans Home?
Geese are no longer welcomed at the Ohio Veterans Home.
A Sunday Register story first reported on administrators hiring personnel to scare the geese off the grounds.
Mike McKinney, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Veterans Affairs, provided the following answer:
The geese at the Ohio Veterans Home (OVH) posed a significant health hazard to residents. Droppings from the geese were regularly tracked into the facility from wheel chairs and the soles of shoes.
For this reason, OVH contracted with a Licensed Nuisance Wild Animal Control Operator to get rid of the geese.
The Wild Animal Control Operator, who obtained a permit from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), uses various legal and non-lethal methods to scare away the geese without causing them any harm, such as a laser light, a buoy attached to a rope, and wearing bright colored clothes. These efforts have resulted in the geese being driven away from the property, resulting in a healthier environment for residents.
A story about this topic appeared in Sunday's Register. To read the article, subscribe here