Getting Results: Neighbors concerned about geese at golf course

- The Golf Club at Ballantyne is an 18 hole PGA style championship golf course. It's also the home to more than 30 geese in area ponds.

"An employee at Ballantyne had shared with me that the geese were a nuisance and that they would be gone on Monday," said a neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous.

That neighbor Reached out to FOX 46 Charlotte concerned the geese would be euthanized along with their babies. She also reached out to an employee at the golf course, which didn't ease her fears.

"He said that they would be removed and I said oh well will they be relocated and he said that doesn't usually work," said the neighbor.

So FOX 46 took action by reaching out to the course superintendent. who told us the geese wouldn't be killed. He even went as far as saying they wouldn't be trapped. While he admitted they're a problem,  he says they're something they have learned to deal with.
Neighbors tell FOX 46 Charlotte they understand the golf course can be damaged by geese and maintenance crews may need to take matter into their own hands someday, but they hope the geese are simply moved and not euthanized.

"It's hard to determine if this wildlife is ok and if this wildlife is not ok. With those boundaries it is very hard to deal with. They are doing what comes naturally," said the concerned neighbor.

Federal law requires golf courses and other businesses to apply for a permit to trap and kill geese if they are causing damage. We reached out to leaders in Raleigh to see if the golf course in question applied for a permit, but did not hear back.
 

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