Middletown orders noise machines to scare geese away

One Orange County community is tired of its parks and playgrounds being taken over by geese heading south for the winter.

Middletown Mayor Joseph DeStefano says the city has ordered noise making machines to scare geese away. He says the machines are similar to the ones they installed downtown a few years ago to curb their crow problem.

The mayor says they are spending a few thousand dollars for a pilot program that puts noisemakers in just parts of the parks. If it works, it could cost $10,000 to $15,000 to expand.

Residents have complained that the geese have caused a public health problem in places such as Maple Hills, Davidage and Watts parks.

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