Dion said the hunting option was discussed at a recent meeting of golf course superintendents, but he didn’t want “someone walking around the golf course with a gun.”
In Cohasset, Englander said his club tried several remedies, including a dog trained to chase geese, before resorting to bringing in hunters. While police say some residents were concerned about gunshots, Englander says it doesn’t bother him.
“I know what’s going on and why,” he said.
Gail Devins, owner of Shoo, Geese! Border Patrol in Easton, uses three border collies — Fergie, Tug, and Millie — to chase Canada geese away from about 10 locations south of Boston. Her clients include Stonehill College, the Easton Country Club, a cemetery in Canton, Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School in Taunton, and the youth soccer field at Easton’s Oliver Ames High School. Her dogs also patrol the area around Lake Massapoag for the town of Sharon, she said.
“The border collie resembles the natural predator to the Canada goose, an Arctic fox, so this naturally puts fear into the geese,” Devins said. “The good news is the PETA [animal rights] people approve of this method because the dogs are herding the geese and don’t hurt them.
“People have tried all kinds of things — fake coyotes, balloons, stuff you put on the grass to make it taste bad — but the geese are on to it,” she said.
Prime time for getting rid of the geese is early February through March, before the birds lay their eggs, Devins said.
“You have to convince each flock that this is a dangerous place,” she said.
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