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Golf Courses Using Swans To Scare Off Geese; Bad Idea, Expert Says

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A South Jersey golf course is using a live-in goose deterrent — a pair of very territorial swans. A wildlife expert says it’s an interesting, but ultimately bad, idea.

On golf courses and corporate campuses, Canada Geese are as numerous as pigeons — only bigger, with much more slippery byproducts. Finding a way to keep them at bay is on par with finding a cure for the common cold. Nature writer Scott Weidensaul doesn’t think much of the cure du jour: swans.

“It’s a bad idea for a couple of reasons,” Weidensaul says. “One is that Mute Swans are an invasive species that don’t belong in North America, and no matter how beautiful they are, they’re damaging to the environment here, and they’re damaging to aquatic ecosystems.”

Plus, Weidensaul says, it can backfire, “Just today, I saw Mute Swans that were added to a local pond here in eastern Pennsylvania for the express purpose of chasing away Canada Geese, and they were swimming in a big happy flock — with the Canada Geese.”

So for now, watch where you step.

Reported by Molly Daly, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Nicky

    Geese Management is a company that services PA, NJ, DE and Maryland. They use Border Collies and it works very well. We had a very bad goose problem at our commmunity and we hired Geese Management. Since then… We never see geese. Very professsional company. I would recommend them to anyone.

  • Blondie

    I love all animals but the geese are getting out of hand and ruining a lot of parks forcing people to stay in their own back yards. Is there a middle ground between shooting them and doing nothing?

  • Guess Who 2

    We need to get the federal law that protects these messy disagreeable birds changed to keep up with the times – they are certainly not the least bit endangered. We need to have a regular hunting season for them to significantly reduce the population.

  • Guess Who

    Border Collies work well.

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