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Not quite as planned...

At work, we're having a problem on campus with an infestation of Canada Geese.  The "lawn carp" variety that eat and poo and don't migrate.  Aside from being a nuisance, they're also a health hazard.  So the company bought three fake "coyotes" to scare the geese away.

A few weeks ago, someone on campus snapped this photo and shared with the rest of the company:



I don't think it's working.  The goslings are cute though...

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hugh_mannity
Jun. 2nd, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
You should see if you can find someone with a Border Collie that does Goose Relocation. They're very effective.
kls_eloise
Jun. 2nd, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
Actually, I think we ought to have an official company Border Collie. It would just be Too Cool.

We're not on campus, and the owner of *our* building doesn't care about the lawn carp. So I'm taking a fair amount of enjoyment out of laughing at the situation.
nazrynn
Jun. 2nd, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
Lawn Carp were known to turn whole streets near where I used to live, green. Although, it was mildly amusing to see these geese just sitting there on residential lawns....
kls_eloise
Jun. 2nd, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
They do that to the sidewalks out where my office is also. Luckily my bird issue at home is likelier to be wild turkeys, and they're pretty cool.
merimask
Jun. 2nd, 2008 07:10 am (UTC)
lol...OBVIOUSLY that coyote is no threat because he has no legs! Geese are smart!

One determined border collie can fix your problem without hurting the geese. I am sure your company could afford to hire one (there's a pair of them at the golf course near my house...they take turns and they are the happiest dogs on the face of the planet, I think).
kls_eloise
Jun. 2nd, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
Don't you love the legless coyotes? I have no idea what that's all about.

I'm sure that the border collie concept has been suggested to facilities - I'll be interested to see what happens from here.
kamau_d_lyon
Jun. 2nd, 2008 12:38 pm (UTC)
Same problem that many Navy bases have. When I was at Newport RI for Chaplains school we had to walk around the piles of the stuff. I hope they come up with a fix for you.
kls_eloise
Jun. 2nd, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
Airports too. Anyplace with a ton of grass, actually. I read a study a few years back arguing that there are now two distinct and separate populations of Canada Geese - one migratory and one not. Kind of intriguing.

Practically speaking, we just watch where we step.
galingale
Jun. 2nd, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
Sounds like the company might have waited too long to put up the coyotes--once the nests are laid, the geese are pretty much there for the duration.
Unless a real coyote/fisher/cat/owl ate their goslings, those parents are going nowhere until the goslings can fly. And the goslings will be back next year...

Hmm, I wonder if there are any SCA falconers nearer than New Jersey who might need a place to let their birds fly. ;)

I love the phrase lawn carp...that was new on me.
kls_eloise
Jun. 2nd, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
The coyotes were up in early March or late February. They were plenty early - the geese just aren't buying it. Besides, people would scream if they disturbed the babies.

"Hmm, I wonder if there are any SCA falconers nearer than New Jersey who might need a place to let their birds fly."

Yeeeaaaaahhhh. Our security is a bit more rabid than most - not gonna happen. *I* have a hard time getting on campus sometimes. I also don't know how the falconer would feel about our uplinks...
pippagrey
Jun. 2nd, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
The golf course at the Subase is named "Goose Run". Since I don't play I don't really care, but there is also a swimming pond, and I wasn't too sure about Navy after-school care taking the kids there regularly in the summer. The girls used to tell tales of only being able to use half the pond because of the geese. And the texture of bottom of the pond was ... interesting.
kls_eloise
Jun. 2nd, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
Remember Mirror Lake at UConn?
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