After receiving several complaints from the public, the Village of Burns Lake is taking action to reduce the amount of geese feces at Radley Beach.
The village has placed a fence (posts with ribbon) at Radley Beach to discourage the geese from going onto the beach and force them to find an alternative location.
According to Sheryl Worthing, Chief Administrative Officer for the Village of Burns Lake, it is still unclear if this idea will work.
“This is just a test,” explained Worthing.
“We will monitor the beach over the next few weeks.”
This idea has already been implemented in other locations such as Whistler, Port Moody, Central and North Saanich and Sooke. However, Worthing said it is unclear if the idea worked in those communities.
Although research has shown that the excrement of geese contains a wide variety of pathogens capable of infecting humans, Worthing said the complaints received by the village were mostly about it being unpleasant or a nuisance.
Burns Lake resident Samantha Gernhart, who’s been supervising children on the WOW bus at Spirit Square during the summer, said the geese feces have been really bad this year.
“For kids, it isn’t safe,” she said. “Sometimes I have to watch my feet before I step into the [WOW] bus because I was tracing poop inside the bus.”
“I can see why people are complaining,” she added.