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Maine Geese Who Befouled Beach Killed

OAKLAND, Maine (AP) _ State officials say 18 geese whose droppings plagued an Oakland, Maine, beach have been euthanized.
    The Portland Press Herald reports Tuesday that town leaders rounded up the Canada geese and sent them to the state in the hope of relocating them. State officials say an overabundance of geese in the state meant they had to be killed.
    The town called the state office of the federal Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Service after people complained about goose waste on a boat launch. Town Manager Peter Nielsen said the waste turned the beach ``from a spot that's pleasant place to be to one that is not.''
    Town officials say they initially intended to shoo the geese away but they kept returning.