Missouri officials are trying to combat geese flocking near swimming beaches at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Geese can hamper water quality, contributing to high E. coli bacteria tests. They also can make a mess and be aggressive.
The Lake Sun Leader reports (http://bit.ly/12SXSLH ) that the state Department of Natural Resources has adjusted landscaping techniques at beaches to dissuade geese from congregating. That has included allowing vegetation to grow near the beach and installing brown landscape rock.
Officials also have moved 24 geese from the Lake of the Ozarks to another park with aquatic and wildlife habitat.
Swimming beaches at most Missouri parks opened for the Memorial Day weekend. There are two state park beaches at the Lake of the Ozarks.