City's Anti-Goose Tactic: Drones
Don't laugh, it's working in Canada
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2013 4:57 PM CDT
File photo of wild geese.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The city of Ottawa seems to have found a novel way to drastically cut down on the number of geese hanging out on beaches and fouling the water: Send in the drones. Or drone, to be more precise, reports the Ottawa Citizen. The city has hired a contractor to buzz and harass the geese at Petrie Island with a remote-controlled "hexcopter." The birds hate it so much that the number of geese at local beaches has dropped from about 140 to 20, says a local lawmaker.

“When he takes it out, they put their backs up straight and they’re watching,” the lawmaker explains. “When he starts it and it goes up off the ground, they sort of walk into a formation, and as soon as it starts moving, they all take off.” Also of note: Seagulls aren't bothered as much by the drones, so two city workers use remote-controlled trucks to zip around and keep them from landing.

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Aug 22, 2013 12:38 PM CDT
If there's to much geese just lower the population by making sure its known to the public that there's an open season! Or the dam forest rangers can deal with it, and feed the poor with the dead geese. Shit, i mean that's a-lot better plan than fucken drones! i think those dumb-ass Canadians are using 2much $ n haven to much fun with drones! 4geese!!! hahaaa...... fucken Canadians!
Aug 21, 2013 4:13 PM CDT
Too all the "progressives" out there: Wouldn't this just cause more pollution? What about the concern for the geese and their "rights?" Only Canadians would be THAT stupid to believe that drones would be flying in the air by "officials" JUST trying to get rid of geese! How do you spell NSA?!? D-R-O-N-E!
Aug 21, 2013 7:47 AM CDT
They need to form a Paramilitary Shock troops unit to deal with the Goose Menace. Call it: The Goosetapo!