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West suburban residents battling longtime geese problem

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Canada Geese are a beautiful sign of spring, but they can also be a big nuisance. In fact, they're turning up everywhere - from shopping mall parking lots to condo building balconies.

Some homeowners in the west suburbs have been wrestling with the problem for years.

Back in 1982, residents of Lake Hinsdale Village in Willowbrook were thrilled when two geese settled into their quiet lakefront setting.

"The place was just electric with excitement," Lake Hinsdale Village resident Bob LaMontagne remembers. "People were going down and taking pictures. Oh, what beautiful magnificent birds."

But now?

"It's a constant battle. You cannot relax," LaMontagne says.

With 29 acres of grass, and over 200 crabapple trees, the village was a perfect spot for the Canada Geese to build nests every spring and multiply. Trouble is, they also destroyed yards, pooped everywhere, and threatened residents who came too close.

The village hired Susan Hagberg's company, Wild Goose Chase, to manage the goose population.

Hagberg showed us one nest, alongside the lake, where she'll use state-approved methods to render the eggs non-productive without hurting the goose or the gander.

"We've brought the resident population down to about 60 percent of what it used to be. There were 22, 25 nests at one time," Hagberg explains.

Not all of the nests here, however, are alongside that beautiful lake. Some of the geese have established the nests on resident's balconies.

"We've already had two nests that we had to remove from balconies in one of the condo buildings this year," says LaMontagne.

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