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Chasing geese: all about being in the right place at the right time

Canton Parks staff are bringing in their dogs to chase the geese and using other non-lethal methods to encourage the geese to relocate.
Canton Parks staff are bringing in their dogs to chase the geese and using other non-lethal methods to encourage the geese to relocate.
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Sometimes you can't miss the irony that comes from being in the right place at the right time - or not. While Oconee Rescue volunteer Jeanne Johnson works hard to find a home for a goose-chasing dog in South Carolina, staffers with the Canton, Ohio Parks Department are bringing their dogs to work to chase geese away, according to an article published yesterday on the Ohio.com website.

According to the article, the City of Canton is taking "a multi-pronged approach" to cut down on the number of geese in city parks. The geese have become a nuisance to park visitors, who like to feed the cute goslings. However, according to parks management, this dangerous for both the person feeding the goose and for the gosling.

Parks managements doesn't want to kill the geese, who as Canada Geese are protected under the Federal Migratory Game Bird Act. Instead, they are using non-lethal methods of reducing the population, hoping to chase the geese to an area where they will be less of a nuisance. Staff members are bringing in their dogs to chase the geese, shaking eggs so they don't hatch, and placing mylar balloons around the park.

Meanwhile, a South Carolina dog who apparently likes to chase geese remains in search of a home. Last week, the Examiner reported about the heeler mix named China who was looking for a goose-free home because she had chased and killed her owner's goose. China is still looking for a home. If you are looking for a dog who is great at chasing geese, or you can provide a goose-free home, email Johnson at The.petspa@hotmail.com, or call The Pet Spa at 864-710-0277.