Wake County Golf Course May Hunt Geese
Posted September 11, 1997
RALEIGH — Wake County has given Wildwood Green Golf Club permission to hunt geese that club owners said have been tearing up the golf course. Some residents are worried that the hunt could be putting people in danger.
The hunting hasn't started, and club owners are not really sure if it will. If it does, it will happen right on the golf course. Hunters will come out and shoot the geese that have been a big problem at Wildwood Green.
There's also another problem. People's houses are right along the course and some of the residents are very concerned. Residents received a letter in their mailboxes a few days ago alerting them that a hunt could take place between September 2 and September 30.
The geese are drawn to little ponds that are scattered all over the course. Chip Watson, Wildwood Green Golf Club manager, said almost 200 geese fly in every day, causing problems.
The solution? A hunt organized by local game wardens. Hunters wielding shotguns on fairways and greens.
Watson said people won't be allowed to come out to the golf course and hunt freely.
Jamie Boyer, a resident, said someone is going to be in harm's way.
Some residents who live right along the course are not happy with the goose hunting plan.
There is a county law that says you can't discharge a firearm within 1000 feet of a dwelling. But since the sheriff's department is helping out with the hunt eventually, officials said the law does not apply to the hunt.