Goose poop at Loose Park blamed for high fish deaths in pond - KCTV5

Goose poop at Loose Park blamed for high fish deaths in pond

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

There is a problem going on at Loose Park that is making it difficult to walk around the area and even harder for the fish inside its pond.

David Swickard is the geese police and he tasks himself with keeping flocks away from people.

"With as many dogs that come through here it will help actually by them not knowing which dog is which," he said.

Gayle, Swickard's Border Collie, is trained to move the flocks away. It's a much-needed skill at Loose Park, located between West 51st and West 55th streets and Wornall Road and Summit Street, where geese have dirtied the waters for dying fish in the park's pond.

"What that's doing is it's building up nutrients in the water which depletes the oxygen as well," said Judy Penner, Loose Park's director.

Goose poop and an iced over pond have suffocated the school of fish inside.

"I've been here 26 years and I haven't seen it before," Penner said.

Park workers have bagged trash bins full of dead fish, leaving not only a mess, but also a smell that's no stroll in the park.

"There's e-coli, cryptosporidium, giardia, some really nasty stuff we really don't want to mix in with people who are coming to enjoy a beautiful park such as Loose Park," Swickard said.

The city won't know whether they'll have to restock the pond until it's warmer and they can do a fish count. Right now they're waiting for the rest of the dead fish to thaw so they can clean the pond out first.

The city is deciding whether to spend taxpayer money, costing taxpayers anywhere between $3,000 and $4,000, on geese police. It would take between six to eight weeks before the geese find a new spot to settle.

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