Monday, September 08, 2008

"Take your Dog to Work" Day

I got this email today at work: (I'm not making this up)
GSA has received a number of complaints about the presence of resident geese flocks on the Suitland Federal Center. While the birds are beautiful, they frequently create sanitation problems on sidewalks and walkways, and may become agitated if pedestrians accidentally approach their offspring or nests. To address this problem in a humane way, GSA has contracted with the firm "Geese Police" to discourage geese populations from taking residence on our facility. "Geese Police" uses working Border Collies that are especially trained to herd - but never touch or otherwise harm - geese.

The program, which begins on Monday, September 8, calls for the border collies to visit the SFC at varied intervals and times so that the geese will not adapt to a fixed patrol schedule. Specific locations for patrols on the SFC will also be varied. The collies are trained to bark at and chase the geese, which encourages them to seek a more peaceful (and hopefully less populous) location. We expect the patrol activity to decrease in frequency as the geese relocate.

Thank you for your attention. If you have any questions concerning this message, please call the Safety Office at...


I guess we'll have dog poop to watch out for now.
 

7 comments:

Maddy said...

Well at least they get an award for being so innovative.
Cheers

just me said...

I agree - better than sending someone out there with a shotgun!

thunder1109 said...

If the geese are nesting there, they will be back again, and again, and again. Best to use birth control to gradual bring down the population.

Feather on a Wire said...

I used to have geese, they produce more poo per animal than anything else on the planet, I swear!
Sally

Sofia said...

I hate goose poop

John said...

I would get nothing done that day just due to watching the dogs work. How cool!

greeny said...

Hehe- geese police!