Goose droppings a problem on South Portland football field
SOUTH PORTLAND (WGME) – There's a problem at South Portland High School, involving feces on a football field.
The South Portland end zone now looks like a landing zone for migrating geese. The athletic director says the birds and their droppings are causing him to open up the playbook for a solution.
When birds of a feather flock together, it's not the only thing they do.
Athletic director Todd Livingston says it was terrible two years ago. With geese coming back in the last month, he's worried about the health of his students.
"Especially for a sport like football, where some of the drills are taking them to the ground, we don't want our players having to deal with that,” Livingston said. “It gets tracked inside, so it's just unsanitary."
Livingston brought his geese grievances to social media.
A local wildlife specialist says its migration season for the birds, and when geese find strength in numbers, they may be more inclined to drop on by.
“And that's what I'm trying to avoid, the small group that we usually have,” Livingston said. “When I saw that big group it concerned me so we don't want more showing up."
So the goal is to get ahead of the problem, before anything hits the fan.
The AD says he's planning on getting a decoy dog for the field to keep the birds at bay.
He says if that doesn't work, he'll explore pricier options like sound deterrents in the future.