Effort to Remove Geese from Fairfax Campus Begins Today

Posted: March 10, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

To address the problems created by a growing Canada geese population at its Fairfax Campus, George Mason has secured the services of Windchazer Inc., a Virginia-based firm that specializes in geese management. Beginning today, Windchazer is bringing a team of highly trained border collies and expert handlers to campus to start the process of chasing the geese off campus.

Based on past experience, repeated intermittent visits of the dogs will be necessary, and the effort could take a full year before the geese population moves on. The visits will be carefully controlled, and members of the university community should not be alarmed by the presence of the dogs in the days, weeks and months ahead.

Both the university and Windchazer are working closely with animal rights organizations to ensure that no geese or dogs will be harmed in this effort. This particular method of controlling the geese population has been endorsed by the Humane Society of the United States, and a video showing how this was done in Lake Barcroft, Va., is on the society’s web site.

The geese population has caused an increasing number of traffic and pedestrian problems around the pond area, and has made it difficult for Physical Plant workers to keep the area clean and clear of goose droppings.

To help ensure the success of the effort, the campus community is advised not to feed the geese, as this will deter them from leaving.

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