Huntsville City officials hope a new feeding plan in Big Spring Park will help reduce the problems geese cause in the popular downtown park.
Officials say the geese have dramatically increased in numbers and have moved out most of the native ducks. They have also left the park and pond with an abundance of waste.
Because of the nuisance and public health hazard, officials came up with a new feeding plan that is aimed at keeping the animals healthy while reducing the health hazards to humans.
Karen Hill Sheppard, veterinarian and director of Huntsville's Animal Control, researched the problem and found many cities across the country facing similar situations. Sheppard says the first order of business is to educate the public not to feed the geese human food.