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Goose-herding, with a dog that’s not a dog

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Cutout dogs are now being used to supplement trained herding dogs in a campaign to drive geese from Roosevelt Wilson Park (Gayle Shomer Brezicki photo)

By DAVID BORAKS
DavidsonNews.net

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.

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Nov. 30, 2011, “Town calls for help to send park’s geese on their way”

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3 Responses to “Goose-herding, with a dog that’s not a dog”

  1. Ian Ruppenthal says:

    What’s the matter with the geese? It’s just nature, something we’re tampering with.

  2. Robert Maier says:

    I can see from the photo how effective the cut-out is. A picture is worth a thousand words.

  3. George Berger says:

    I saw the cut-out of the dog yesterday afternoon for the first time as I passed by…it was completely surrounded by the geese, grazing away just feet from the sign. As open-minded as I am to new ideas, I must say I’m a little skeptical of the value of the sign, even when it’s probably coupled with real border collies so the geese are supposedly confused when they see the surrogate. I used to hunt geese…the decoys HAD to be moving around in order for real geese to think them as real enough to come in.

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