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Geese Summit in the News
Goosinator, Geesebusters and Goose Chasers square off at Westchester geese summit
"The Goosinator is remote controlled and can go into water, where the geese are," Klein explained. "I (use) it whenever I can. Now when the geese see it, they run."
The animals are so conditioned to be afraid of the Goosinator that it doesn't even have to be zipping across the course fairways or lakes to be effective, Klein said: "They see it in the (golf) car, they run."
Several people, like Mary Castrovelli of Yonkers, said they were at
the summit to make sure that Westchester's towns and villages don't
revert back to the catch-and-kill solution, which sparked an outcry from
animal rights activists.
"We will go down in history," she said, "as the civilization that killed geese before they poop."
Before the discussion turned toward less-exciting methods of geese control, such as egg oiling techniques, attendees heard from Pete Rizzo of Hudson Valley Wild Goose Chasers. Rizzo's company uses border collies to chase the waterfowl away from Harriman State Park, Orange County's Hessian Lake, and Bear Mountain State Park.
The dogs don't actually harm the geese, Rizzo said, but they're effective deterrents.
"What I offer works," Rizzo told the audience. "If you have a solid egg deprivation program and haze the geese with collies you can have goose-free property."
In Mamaroneck, where groundskeepers said athletic fields and parks near the town's harbor were rendered unusable because they were saturated with geese droppings, elected leaders have employed the "egg deprivation" program after initially deciding to cull the birds.
But the process is labor-intensive: USDA officials had to return
three times to coat some 95 eggs with oil to keep them from hatching,
and that doesn't solve the problem of adult geese pooping on fields used
for sports and recreation.
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