Greenwood park workers hoping to outfox geese

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If you happen to jog past a plastic fox or spot a person with an air horn at the pond in Greenwood’s Freedom Park, note that they’re not out there to scare you off your running route.

Greenwood is looking into options for getting rid of the 500 or so geese that flock to the pond and leave droppings on the trail. Installing fake foxes, growing dense plants along the water’s edge, blaring an air horn and setting live swans afloat on the pond are among the ideas the park board has discussed.

The swans would be only a temporary fix, because they would chase off geese only until the two bird species got used to each other, board members said. And officials worry the fake foxes will be stolen, parks department executive director Rob Taggart said.

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