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Border Collies to Patrol Central Park for Geese

By Brandigal (Donna)     Mar 26, 2007 in Environment
Border collies are bred to herd sheep, but in Central Park they will be herding geese.
Two border collies have been trained to patrol Central Park in New York. They will be looking for Canadian geese. They are trained not to touch the geese or attack them.
The geese migrate to the park every year and they can damage the lawns with their droppings. The droppings can cause environmental problems because of the high levels of nitrogen in it.
The dogs will help to get the geese away from the parks and ponds in April.
The Canadian Geese are protected from being hunted or attacked. So the dogs will help drive the geese away and protect the lawns.
This program is called the Geese Police pilot program and it is funded by the city Department of Parks and Recreation and the Central Park Conservancy management organization. It is a one month pilot program.
People are asked not to feed the geese if they see them.
I think this is a very humane way to scare the birds away. Hopefully the dogs will not attack them. Border collies are extremely intelligent animals.
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