By Roger Utnehmer
The messiest news at Tuesday’s Sturgeon Bay City Council meeting was about geese excrement piling up at city parks. Municipal Services Director Mike Barker pointed out that one goose deposits two pounds of excrement a day. That can mean up to 3,000 pounds being dropped daily in Sunset Park, much of it on tennis courts. Barker described the process.
Sturgeon Bay spends about $7,500 a year rounding up geese. Adults are ground up into a protein product that’s donated to local food pantries. Juvenile birds are transported to a wildlife refuge in central Wisconsin and released.
The geese removal takes place along Memorial Drive and in Sunset and Otumba parks. About 50% of the cost to the city has been reimbursed by a state grant that the council applied for again Tuesday.