Honking for the Goosebuster

Fairfax County staff say they know who to call to cope with the county's nagging goose problem.

The Goosebuster, a system of loudspeakers that mimics warning honks, is supposed to send the birds into a panicked retreat.

Fairfax County Executive Anthony Griffin is recommending the county set up the Goosebuster or a similar product in some of the most problematic areas. It would be part of a larger strategy to curb non-migratory geese that have made a permanent home in Fairfax and are fouling local streams with their droppings.

A recent report by the Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council says the Canada goose population is increasing about 15 percent annually.

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