Geese in Foster City - How Big of a Problem are They?

It costs Foster City at least $25,000 per year to clean up after geese and put up fences to keep them out.


In this video, Patch reporter Sadaf Ayub examines the geese population in Foster City and its impact.

Besides being an annoyance to those who accidentally step in their droppings, geese can cost the city upwards of $25,000 per year to clean up after them and install protective fences in geese traffic areas.

We want to hear from you - what do you think? Are geese welcome visitors, or a big problem for our city?

Patty A September 02, 2011 at 04:17 AM
@ Dan: Obviously, you haven't tried the recipe yourself with the disclaimer, "It sounds really good." Shoe leather might "sound really good" if cooked this way. Bon appetite!
Phyllis McArthur September 02, 2011 at 04:44 AM
No kidding, I mean really??? 6 to 7 hours to cook? Chef Ramsey would kick his a$$ all day long!
Eric October 10, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Patty nobody is saying to destroy or kill the these lovely Geese ! Yes some people choose to live around waterways so they have to learn to coexist with whatever mother nature has to offer. But to say they eat grass , (which is true), and to say, "Goose droppings are comprised of mostly recycled grass." is ridiculous ! these are two statements I found while doing my research on these lovely "looking" Geese. "Recent research at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta confirm that Canada goose excrement is laden with potentially dangerous bacteria, some of which are resistant to bactericides." this is the second statement, "Rapidly increasing populations of urban resident Canada geese are contaminating recreational areas with pathogenic bacteria that may pose human health risks," said Larry Clark, a research scientist at the National Wildlife Research Center in Colorado.
Patty A October 10, 2012 at 08:36 PM
@ Eric: I "may" have a mansion in Hawaii. I "potentially" may win the Nobel prize. Any more "mays" and "potentiallys" you want to enlighten us all with? As actual FACTS stand however, goose poop poses no real threat to human health and to be honest, I don't have a mansion anywhere and am unlikely to win Nobel prize.
Phyllis McArthur October 11, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I still luv the geese, they hung out with me today at the greenbelt on Marlin.


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