Denver: Let’s use robots to chase geese. Longmont: Uh, how about dogs?

Remember a while ago when I learned that Denver takes applications for volunteers to operate “Goosinator” machines in public parks?

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Remember a while ago when I learned that Denver takes applications for volunteers to operate “Goosinator” machines in public parks? (No, you can’t bring your own Goosinator to the park on your free time.)

Well, Longmont’s idea is simpler.

The Times-Call’s Karen Antonacci reports that, after trying basically everything else to get geese off of public golf courses, the city decided to try the solution some golf course managers already had found: Dogs.

Longmont one-upped them by saying they’d empower private citizens to bring their dogs to chase birds around which could sound really attractive to the right private citizen:

“There are about 30 dogs enrolled in the program. Each dog gets a dog-sized orange vest. Their handlers get an orange vest and ID card so if animal control is called out for an off-leash dog they know the dog is actually doing its civic duty annoying geese.”

“Prospective geese-hazer-handlers should contact Mills at Larry.Mills@longmontcolorado.gov.”

Of course, the thing I guess this doesn’t solve is geese on water in public parks. So what you’d need there is kind of a combo solution: robot dogs. 

Dave Burdick

Author: Dave Burdick

Dave Burdick is the editor of Denverite. He has previously worked at The Denver Post, The Daily Camera, The Huffington Post, Naropa University up in Boulder and the Best Buy down by Park Meadows circa "Now That's What I Call Music" volume 4. His parents are retired local newspaper journalists, and he is married to a freelance journalist. He lives in Denver with her, their two children and a dog.