Urban goose roundup at Sugar House Park gets a little rough

Posted at 6:11 PM, Jun 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-05 20:11:57-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- The State Division of Wildlife Resources rounded up 45 Canada geese in Salt Lake City's Liberty Park Friday.

Add that number to the 11,500 geese they've trapped and relocated from Salt Lake City in the last 10 years.

"Geese are great in the city in small numbers, but when the numbers grow they become a nuisance; they poop on the sidewalks," said Rich Hansen, the Waterfowl Banding Coordinator for the DWR.

The division does the trapping and banding with the help of volunteers, and as FOX 13 News filmed, some of those volunteers chased down and attempted to tackle one of the birds before someone grabbed it by the neck.

Hansen said the geese are tough and the volunteers are not trying to hurt them.

"They use as much care as possible, and we haven't had any mortalities yet so it's pretty safe for the geese," Hansen said.

The geese will be relocated to wilderness areas.