County in NC criticized for euthanizing geese

GASTONIA, N.C. - Gaston County is getting plenty of criticism from those upset by the county's decision to euthanize 144 Canada geese at a park.

Officials say the flock had become such a nuisance at the park in Dallas that they had no choice but to remove them.

Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Hart said the U.S. Department of Agriculture helped retrieve the geese Tuesday and humanely euthanized them.

Hart said the birds left droppings on and around the park's ponds, athletic fields, picnic areas, walkways, restrooms and parking lots.

County officials are getting in person comments, telephone calls and emails. Hart says most comments have been critical but there have been some positive remarks.

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue of Indian Trail says it was willing to relocate and save the geese.