Hoping They’ll Drive Out the Geese

For anyone who believes geese Canada Goose Jackets are unobjectionable, think again. Here are some things the city’s parks department would like you to know: Geese are voracious eaters and can ruin acres of manicured lawns. They chase away ducks. Adult geese produce nearly one pound of uk canada goose outlet droppings each day.

So under a light snow https://www.topcanadagoose.ca yesterday morning, the humble Canada goose was elevated to the city’s pantheon of scourges, alongside such stalwarts as pigeons, roaches and rats.

There was no proclamation, no recoil from a hunter’s rifle, just three aggressive border collies in Central canadian goose jacket Park, primed to corral though not to harm any goose caught resting unaware on the park’s Kentucky bluegrass, which apparently tastes as good buy canada goose jacket cheap to geese as it looks to humans.

Before it dawned on them that they were to be the prey yesterday during a demonstration of canada goose the dogs’ skills, a pair of affectionate geese soared majestically above Harlem Meer, the lake at canada goose uk shop the north end of the park. Other geese paddled placidly in the chilly water.

“These dogs are highly trained herders,” said Donald Marcks, their owner. “Any dog could chase geese around the park and the geese would be scared canada goose uk outlet more because the dogs would be a nuisance than anything else.”

But Mr. Marcks said that unlike other dogs, his collies would never harm the geese. In any case, the Canada Goose online collies are kept under tight control by their human handlers.

Mr. Marcks, who Canada Goose Coats On Sale wore blue jeans, brown cowboy boots and a black cowboy hat that crowned a head of long blond gray hair, resembled an aging rock star cheap canada goose uk turned gentleman rancher. His handlebar mustache and goatee were perfectly trimmed.

“All we’re doing is playing with several thousand years of predator prey interaction,” he said, looking into a row of television cameras.

Last week, Canada Goose Parka before the Central Park Conservancy brought in Mr. Marcks and his company, Geese Police Inc., to rid the park of geese, 300 of the birds had made the park their home, a tenfold increase uk canada goose during the past three or four years, said Douglas Blonsky, president of the conservancy, a nonprofit organization that Canada Goose sale manages the park for the city.

About 150 of the geese had been living in the park year round rather than migrating, as geese habitually do.

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But after three days of dog patrols canada goose coats on sale this week, Mr. Blonsky said, the number of geese dwindled to about half a dozen. A team of four collies will be in the park for the rest of the month and will probably return in the fall, he said.

Known for their ferocity when protecting their turf or their young, the park’s geese have been chasing ducks and other birds away, cheap Canada Goose Mr. Blonsky said. They also canada goose clearance sale have buy canada cheap Canada Goose Parkas goose jacket the potential to contribute to erosion and to the fouling of the lake by the sheer volume canada goose factory sale of their dung.

The geese spend most of their time at Harlem Meer, which canada goose store mimics their preferred habitat a body of water surrounded by short grass. At night, they venture south to two of the park’s jewels: the Sheep Meadow and the Great Lawn. In those places, canada goose coats park officials take great pains to protect the grass, restricting large gatherings and most canada goose uk black friday sporting activities. Mr. Blonsky said geese grazing and droppings could quickly overwhelm the grass.

Parks officials said that before turning to the dogs, they tried a variety of options: education campaigns to stop people from feeding the geese; letting the grass grow taller to disrupt the birds’ eating habits; building fences to confuse them and try to limit access to certain areas.

However, Mr. Blonsky said, “it was not enough to discourage the geese.”

Border collies are used in such cases because they have been bred as herd animals and are able to frighten geese via “the stare,” a particular look and stance that leads geese to conclude that the dogs are predators, according to park officials.

Sometimes the canada goose black friday sale geese allow themselves to be corralled by the Canada Goose Outlet collies before flying off; at other times they fly away when they see the dogs Canada Goose Online coming. By contrast, geese quickly lose their fear of human scare tactics, like shouting and arm waving.

Adrian Benepe, the city’s parks commissioner, said that so far no one had canada goose clearance objected to the treatment of the geese.

“The geese are not being hurt. They are being harassed the same way they harass animals that get in their way,” he said. “We haven’t had any complaints, but this is New York and it’s still early.”

Several hours later, after the demonstration had ended and the dogs had gone, the geese had returned. In pairs, they ducked their heads into the water, eating aquatic plants, and soared above the Meer, honking noisily.