Thousands of Canada geese have found refuge on the banks of Lake Merritt - immune to people, dogs, or other predators. And so has their tons of poop. It's a major problem for anyone who wants to enjoy the urban nature reserve. The question is what to do about it. "No one's talking about shooting the geese -- we don't need more gunshots in Oakland," Jennie Gerard, chief of staff to Oakland City Councilwoman Pat Kernighan, was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle. According to Oakland's Canada Goose Management Study, the Canada goose population in the U.S. is expected to double by 2010, from 220,000 to nearly half a million. A meeting on the issue will take place on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland.