POINT PLEASANT — To some, they are the quintessential unwelcome guests who will not take a hint.
Canadian geese are a staple at Krodel Park but have become a nuisance, at least to those on Point Pleasant City Council.
Council has decided to purchase a product from Away with Geese, a company out of Cincinnati, Ohio, to humanely convince the geese to go elsewhere.
The product, which looks similar to solar yard lights, emits a solar-powered light that flashes every two seconds, all night, year round. The light is said to be “scarcely” noticeable to humans but is very disruptive to the sleep of the geese, causing them to no longer feel secure. Geese apparently have incredibly sensitive eyesight. After a few “anxious” nights, they will find another habitat, according to the company.
This is a humane solution to get the geese to move on, with the company saying the lights have no ill effect on the animals.
Each of the units covers a 75-yard radius. Based upon measurements at Krodel Park, which has a 22-acre lake and 44-acre park, it has been determined eight water units and one land unit would be needed to be effective. The water units are $359 each and the land unit is $339 - the land unit would be placed on the island in the middle of the lake, the others will obviously be placed in the water.
All totaled, the city will spend $3,211 to rid the park of what they feel has gone afoul (pardon the pun) and the product comes with a 90-day money back guarantee.
Councilman Bob Rulen helped find the company after seeing them advertise at a Cincinnati Reds baseball game. Rulen told council the company extended the warranty, saying if it didn’t work, the city could still return the units for a full refund after six month.