Gastonia, N.C. -- At least 140 Canada geese have been euthanized after being deemed a nuisance at a Gaston County park.
Officials say the flock had become such a nuisance at the park in Dallas that they were left with no choice but to remove them.
Gaston County Parks and Recreation Director Cathy Hart said the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service was enlisted to retrieve the geese Tuesday, then humanely euthanize them.
Hart said the birds left feces on and around the park's ponds, athletic fields, picnic areas, walkways, restrooms and parking lots. She said park patrons complained that they couldn't use the trails because of the goose droppings.