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Greenville neighborhood board considers humane relocation for geese

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Protesters gathered Saturday morning. (April 18, 2015/FOX Carolina) Protesters gathered Saturday morning. (April 18, 2015/FOX Carolina)
(April 17th, 2015/Source: Izzy's Pond, Facebook) (April 17th, 2015/Source: Izzy's Pond, Facebook)
Protesters gathered Saturday morning. (April 18, 2015/FOX Carolina) Protesters gathered Saturday morning. (April 18, 2015/FOX Carolina)
Protesters gathered Saturday morning. (April 18, 2015/FOX Carolina) Protesters gathered Saturday morning. (April 18, 2015/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Izzie's Pond, an animal shelter and wildlife sanctuary, and others have planned a protest of a local neighborhood's plan to possibly kill geese in the area.

According to a Facebook event created by Izzie's Pond, the board of directors at the Shannon Lake subdivision in Greenville obtained permits to euthanize geese via hunting on the neighborhood's lake. 

Izzie's Pond said not all of the home owners were made aware. The animal shelter said that many residents were upset and enjoy and feed the geese.

Protesters began gathering as early as 5:30 a.m. Saturday at Shannon Lake. The group, which included participants in their teens, said they hope they can change the mind of some of the residents who are against the geese.

Charlotte Filbert, a Shannon Lake resident, offered a member of the neighborhood's home owners' association a $2,000 check to spend on a humane alternative to shooting the geese, but the HOA member declined the funds and instead asked Filbert to draft a letter about alternative methods which he would deliver to the board.

The HOA member did not wish to comment on the situation.

Filbert, along with the director of Izzie's Pond, Angel Durham and Gary Travis, the president of Goosebusters II, drafted a letter to the board of directors outlining a plan that would allow for the humane relocation of the geese.

The plan would utilize Goosebusters II, a goose relocation service that uses the presence of border collies to encourage geese to move to a new area. They also use laser lights and remote control boats, the letter said. Filbert has offered a total of $3,600 to cover the first year of the proposed program.

Izzie's Pond said it will relocate any goslings born on site and remove any injured waterfowl.

The letter also said signs will be posted requesting that Shannon Lake residents do not feed the geese.

To read the full letter to the board of directors and Shannon Lake, Inc., click here.

On Saturday afternoon, Durham said the president of the Shannon Lake board of directors accepted the letter and said there would be no killing of the geese this weekend.

The other members of the board will review the letter early in the week and respond.

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