Canada Geese have coexisted with humans long enough to consider them a nuisance, but not a threat. They soon become acclimated to distress calls, scare cartridges, balloons, etc.
In addition, geese are still considered a protected species in most areas of the country, and therefore devices, which may harm or endanger them such as filament line or Mylar tape is prohibited by law.
In order for Canada Geese to perceive a genuine threat to their safety, a natural predator must be introduced into their environment. The predator should be similar in size and movement to that of the Arctic Fox, a natural predator of geese.
THE BORDER COLLIE
For over a century, border collies have been bred for their intense and reliable herding instincts, They are a gentle breed that use their predatory type stare, or “eye” to mesmerize and threaten a flock to move. The combination of the “eye”, their stalking technique and their size and movement resemble that of the Arctic Fox. The dog’s reliance on visual intimidation and motion rather than barking allows them to work silently without disturbing humans or other wildlife in the area. It is never a border collie’s desire or reward to bite or kill their flock. They are satisfied with their ability to move their wards in the direction and speed requested by their handler. They are excellent swimmers and tireless workers which enable them to handle geese effectively on both land and water.
Fowl Play Goose Patrol designs and maintains a pattern suited to the property needed to be cleared of geese. Each property is unique and will require a consistent regime of harassment. Often the initial program will start with a twice a day visit at irregular times to unsettle the geese.
It is this repeated harassment that causes fear and discomfort in the flock and motivates them to find other nesting ground. This is an ongoing process with the objective being to continuously move incoming flocks and prevent them from nesting and laying their eggs. Unfortunately, geese will return to the same area where they were hatched, and a property which is suitable to one flock, will be suitable to another.