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The honk stops here –Canada Geese overstay their visit

A gaggle of Canada Geese along the West Lake Street side of the lake

A gaggle of Canada Geese along the West Lake Street side of the lake Dwayne Houghton

— With such a large number of the geese ‘vacationing’ on the lake, residents always have the ‘duck-itch’ concern for swimmers. But there’s not lot of swimming during the winter months.

Officials with both the City of Syracuse Water Department and the state Department of Environmental Conservation say there’s nothing to worry about as far the quality of the lake’s drinking water.

“The lake water is tested daily for any biohazards or contamination,” said DEC spokeswoman Diane Carlton. “Even with the higher than normal goose population this year, nothing harmful has shown up in the samples taken.”

Additionally, the geese seem to gather beyond the intakes of the water department in a water current area that empties the lake into the outlet.

So when will they leave and migrate south? They may not. There’s plenty of food, the water is clear and it’s a relatively safe place.

Technically, Skaneateles Lake is south if you’re from Canada.

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