The president of Friends of Animals, a nonprofit headquartered in Darien, was critical of the plan for Cummings Park.

The advocacy group “believes that geese-harassment methods are not only unethical, they offer only temporary solutions,” Priscilla Feral said in a statement. “Whatever the gimmick — from garlic sprays to black-powder guns to flashing strobe lights — geese usually figure out what humans are doing and ignore the efforts. Or, the harassment just shifts the goose ‘problem’ to a nearby property.”

The group would rather see park habitats “modified creatively to make them less attractive” to geese, according to Feral’s statement. As for droppings, she noted that there is equipment available for collecting them.

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