Bird Poo in State Park Preventing Use
birds at state park
MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin's newest state park is having a major poo problem.
Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee just opened a couple weeks ago. The park is a huge attraction in downtown, it's a great place to run, walk, bike or fish. But people aren't the only ones enjoying it, and that is becoming a problem.
Seagull and geese droppings are already coating the sidewalks, fishing pier and beach.
"It was hard to even walk through here to avoid the goose poop," said Janis Hancock, a park goer.
Droppings coat the sidewalks, fishing pier and beach.
"That was the first thing that I noticed when I came in was goose droppings all over, that you kind of have to side step them a lot," said Joan Enters, another park user. "It is a problem when you're trying to walk."
Plastic owls were put up to scare the birds, and so far it is working in those spots, but it might not for long.
"One of the issues is that, over time, they get used to the owl being there," said Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources wildlife biologist Marty Johnson. "It doesn't attack."
Natural resources officials are considering other methods to scare off the foul, feathered friends, including using dogs, fencing off areas that border Lake Michigan and using chemicals to make the grass less appealing to the birds.