Canadian Geese were creating a meaner game than just “angry birds” it turned into “angry neighbors.”
“They were making excruciating noises, all night long, honking, horrible sound,” said Forest Ridge resident, Freda Lawson.
The Lawson and their neighbors who live around Kunze Lake in a Broken Arrow housing development called Forest Ridge are tired of chasing hundreds of geese off their property.
“They eat all the grass and the sod and leave their remains all over the place in huge spots,” said Lawson.
Her other neighbor feels differently about the geese.
“I moved here because I love watching the geese,” said Dale Brandon. “I hate to not have the geese here to observe them, I photograph them, and I paint them.”
Brandon has seen her neighbors shoot be-be guns at the geese, air rifles, pellet guns, and lasers at them.
“The worst was standing in my kitchen and seeing my neighbor hit at the geese against my fence with a piece of rebar,” said Brandon.
Brandon has called the police on some of the incidents.
“I was accused of shooting fireworks and guns which is totally untrue,” said Lawson. “I love wildlife, but this has just got out of control.”
Lawson said she never hurt any of the geese but definitely filed complaints to the Forest Ridge development and to the Broken Arrow Animal Control. It took several months but after many other neighbors also complained and forwarded their complaints to Wildlife Control L.L.C’s owner, Reginald Murray, something was finally done.
Murray had to wait until now to remove more than 100 geese from the lake area. He is only allowed to remove them while they are molting, which is between March and August.
“If we attempted to do anything before, not only would we be violating the law we would be wasting our time money any effect because they would all be flight capable outside that period,” explained Murray.
His crew removed 112 geese and drove them to Vian, Oklahoma where there is a sustainable habitat.