A closed-door meeting between Westchester County officials and animal activists took place Thursday at the County Parks Department in Ardsley to discuss a solution for removing geese from local golf courses.

In July, about 500 geese from the Sprain Lake Golf Course were shipped upstate and killed. The county says their unwanted droppings create a health risk.

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"The population of the area was growing exponentially year after year, and they weren't migrating from that location," said Peter Tartaglia, a county parks official.

The geese didn't have to die and instead, they could have been forced to migrate, animal rights groups have said.

"Border collies are an excellent way of dissuading geese," said Anne Muller of the League of Human Voters. "The follow them around until they leave."

The rights group praised the parks department's willingness to discuss non-lethal methods for the future, calling it a step in the right direction.