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Geese taking over Bristol park

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BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) -

The city of Bristol has a fowl problem on its hands after geese have taken over a park.

The problem is so bad that the pond fountains on Memorial Boulevard can’t be used and the geese have even blocked traffic.

The grass is filled with feces, so much that it has clogged the fountain in the middle of the pond.

"You can't use the fountains when we used them, they go on for three or four minutes and then they get strangled...there are $3,000 to $4,000 a piece,” said Lenny Lamothe, of the Bristol Parks Department.

Geese have become such a nuisance that they have managed to chase people away.

For the past two years, few have been able to enjoy the scenic park. But, in some ways, people have made the problem worse, officials said.

"People feed the birds - you tell them not to feed the birds it’s not healthy for them,” Lamothe said.

Geese also became a problem in New Britain and the city hired a company to use trained dogs to bark and scare away the geese.

Some have used helium balloons and even fireworks.

The geese eventually leave but then they come back.

Bristol officials said they are considering several options to help get rid of the problem.

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