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Canine hired to chase away geese has saved the City over $9K

Canine hired to chase away geese has saved the City over $9K

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - The City's Parks Division hired its first canine employee just over a year ago and report that the canine has been a model employee. Flo, a Border Collie, was purchased by the City as a humane method to control the increasing geese population on City properties, such as parks, golf courses and cemeteries. Flo went through extensive training at the Hudson Valley Wild Goose Chasers in Nyack, N.Y. , and the City purchased her for $6,000. Flo helped save 700 man hours, a savings of $9,450, at Holliday Park from having to cleanup after the geese over the past year. “Shelter reservations and general utilization of the park has noticeably increased and there were no resident geese in the park over the entire winter months, and very few, if any geese, stooped to even rest,” Jason Sanchez, assistant director of parks and recreation/projects, said. “As a result, the turf grass looks to be healthier and even started to grow in areas that have been problematic in years past.” Some of Flo’s other accomplishments: - The City’s athletic fields (Brimmer Park, Dutcher and Junior League) are almost goose free, resulting in fewer cleanups on the synthetic turf and saving the City 20 hours of cleanup each month at each of the facilities. - The Airport Golf Course and Kingham Prairieview Golf Course have seen fewer geese than in years past. - Egg addling has decreased in the last year. City employees only addled around 25 eggs this past year, which compares to well over 250 eggs in previous years. There were only about three nests that hatched this past year in all areas of the Parks and Recreation Department control, which resulted in less goslings and less resident geese that will call City-owned property home. “I think we have only seen a glimpse of what Flo can do and I expect even better results in the future,” said Sanchez. *Feature photo: Flo. h/t City of Cheyenne/Pitchengine Communities* #shortgo #news #whatshappening