Prison officials grapple with geese waste

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July 27, 2010 5:06:34 AM PDT
Officials at a state prison in northwestern Pennsylvania prison say they're having a harder time keeping geese out of the facility than they are keeping prisoners inside.

Officials at the State Correctional Institution at Albion say an abundance of geese droppings are creating a sanitary problem inside the prison and in the parking lot outside.

The inmates have been cleaning up the mess, but it's so big the U.S. Department of Agriculture is being asked to help.

Harris Glass, a USDA official, says a crew is being sent to the prison about 20 miles southwest of Erie to use "nonlethal" techniques to scare the geese away. That will include pyrotechnics, propane cannons and trained dogs.

That's expected to take about three months.