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Company Hired to Chase Geese out of Columbus Parks

COLUMBUS (Terri Sullivan/Ken Hines) -- Parks and recreation officials -- with a little help from man's best friend -- are making progress in their fight to rid the city's parks of unwanted geese.

Department administrators have turned to a private company to chase geese out of Columbus parks. The Centerville-based business, Goosebusters, LLC, uses dogs to safely scare the geese into leaving the parks -- hopefully before the birds have the chance to leave any droppings behind.

Goosebusters workers also use a spray repellant and a robotic boat to convince the birds to find new hang-out spots.

"We just kind of herd them along into the water so we push them downriver," Goosebusters employee Diana said. "Some of them will fly right away. The others that can't fly will try to make their way as quickly as they can to the river."

City officials first employed Goosebusters during a four month period in 2012, at a cost of $17,000, and were pleased enough with the results to sign a new, year-long contract for $27,000.

The deal with Goosebusters covers Genoa, North Bank, Bicentennial, Battelle, and Alexander Parks

Despite Goosebusters's success, city officials will accept bids from other companies for geese-removal services in 2014 and beyond.
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