By DAVID BORAKS
Wait, that’s not real dog, just a cutout. It’s part of the Town of Davidson’s ongoing battle against geese in Roosevelt Wilson Park, off Griffith Street.
In December, the town hired Goose Busters! of Charlotte to help drive geese away from the park, and halt damage, water pollution and droppings from the airborne invaders. Town officials say the program so far has helped remove geese from the park, but it’s continuing as new birds arrive.
“We have realized a significant reduction in the resident geese population and less damage to the park property,” public works operations supervisor Ron McMillan said in an email response to questions. “Now, geese and goslings from other areas are coming to the site to forage. Goose Busters! continues to work the site to drive the visitors away.”
Dog cutouts are being used as a supplement to trained herding dogs, such as Border Collies, and are designed to scare geese away. It’s not clear how well that’s working: On Tuesday afternoon, a flock of birds could be seen grazing near a black, white and orange cutout dog.
The town has a one-year contract through December with Goose Busters! The company “works the site” at least three times a week except during molting season, which runs June 15 to early August, Mr. McMillan said. That means there could be more geese around for a while: While the birds are molting, they’re harder to move out because they can’t fly. The weekly schedule will resume after molting, he said.
When Davidson started the geese-herding campaign last fall, Mr. McMillan said the birds had become a “nuisance.” The service costs Davidson $900 a month, and as of this week had cost a total of $5,400.
Nov. 30, 2011, “Town calls for help to send park’s geese on their way”