Goose roundup at Mohawk Park helps TIA

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Updated: 6/25/2013 3:45 pm Published: 6/25/2013 3:45 pm

The FAA is concerned about the number of geese around Tulsa International Airport and Mohawk Park is trying to keep its golf course clean.

FOX23’s Ron Terrell found volunteers tried to help solve both problems on Tuesday morning at a goose roundup.

“Even though they're beautiful birds, they can still be a nuisance,” said Zane Lovelace a Nuisance Wildlife Control Officer.

The initial purpose of this goose roundup was simple: golf course management.

“They use the restroom all over this golf course, and people walk in it, and track it,” said Lovelace.

The round up also helped another way: air traffic. Moving the birds should help cut down the number of potential bird strikes at TIA.

According to the FAA website, there have only been 8 reported bird strikes at TIA in 2013. Since the start of 2008 that number jumps to 404.

Clearing out these geese helps lower the chances.

“There's always some risk involved with wildlife, they can be unpredictable,” said Lovelace.

Dozens of volunteers gathered to help out with the goose roundup. Rules and regulations were closely followed to ensure the welfare of the birds.

Once they were captured, the geese were transported to a wildlife preserve near Vian.

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