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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- People on Lake Murray tired of geese now have a new weapon to chase the waterfowl away.

The State newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/VubR5G ) that solar-powered amber lights that flash unpredictably at night annoy the geese enough that they fly away.

Lake Murray Marina and Yacht Club Manager Tammy Wright says she no longer has to clean geese droppings from the fuel dock since putting in one of the $250 lights.

While the lights bother the nocturnal nesting habits of geese, they are designed not to bother people. Amber was chosen because it is effective and isn't used for other purposes on the lake.

State officials estimate up to 1,000 geese live on Lake Murray, with the number rising sharply during migration season in the spring and fall.

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