FAIRHOPE, Ala. (AP) — The coastal town of Fairhope is trying to decide what to do about a problem with geese.
Officials will hold a public meeting on Wednesday to discuss how to deal with the large number of birds that gather on the city's public beaches along Mobile Bay.
The problem isn't the geese so much as what they leave behind. Scientists say water is contaminated near the beaches, and goose waste may be part of the problem.
Wildlife biologist JJ McCool often removes geese where they're not wanted. He says the birds can leave a large amount of waste in an area.
WKRG-TV (http://bit.ly/OMlyeO ) reports that the city of Fairhope has three options: Getting rid of the geese, closing the beach or ignoring the potential health problem.