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Meet Canada's Goosebuster Drone 74

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Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Tyler LeBlanc reports that Ottawa has a problem — a goose problem. Every summer the wandering waterfowl return to the beaches that line the Ottawa River leaving high concentrations of geese poop on beaches and in shallow water, which can lead to outbreaks of infection in human populations, particularly children. In the past, the city has tried a number of different methods of ridding their beaches of the geese, but this year, they are going high-tech. Steve Wambolt, the founder of Aerial Perspective, modified a drone with some flashing lights and speakers and took to the skies. 'I took existing land-based anti-pest technology and put it on a helicopter,' says Wambolt. 'When I tested it at the beach a few days later it worked remarkably well.' Using pre-recorded predatory calls (video) from hawks, eagles, owls, ravens and even wolves, Wambolt stalks the beaches of Petrie Island in an attempt to scare the loitering geese away from the area for good."
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Meet Canada's Goosebuster Drone

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  • by ArcadeNut (85398) on Saturday May 17, 2014 @02:52PM (#47026885) Homepage

    Goosebusters!

  • I guess this is a test for a drone protecting the royal swans [wikipedia.org] owned by HRH Queen Elizabeth II on the Thames.

    • So, let me get this straight - This story about using a drone to drive pest geese away from the shoreline of the Ottawa river in Canada somehow reminds you of a conservation effort where swans are banded by people in skiffs on the Thames river in England. Truly you have a dizzying intellect.
      • All wild bird's poop is full of pathogens. I doubt that, if the goose poop carries some special illness in addition to the basic pathogens, it is harming the goose.
        This story is about birds on a river, and swan upping, too. The only difference is that in swan upping the people take care of the birds, and in the story the people take care of the humans. I don't say that the drone is harming the goose or that the goose shouldn't be driven away from the beaches if they actually harm children.
        I hope you can see

        • "swan-upping
          The annual practice of catching the swans on the River Thames and marking them to indicate their ownership."

          Thought that was perhaps akin to cow tipping at first...

  • Or... (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Life has never been easy for geese, but this summer, geese who just want to poop in peace have a new problem. As if the humans infesting the beaches of the Ottawa river weren't bad enough, now they've developed an obnoxious new behavior -- flying a drone with flashing lights and speakers that pretends to be a predatory animal. Many geese are saying that something ought to be done about this invasive species, but the goose on the street doesn't see a problem. One local who agreed to be quoted for this story

    • Many geese are saying that something ought to be done about this invasive species, but the goose on the street doesn't see a problem.

      These geese don't know the half of it. The invasive species in question, thought to have originated in Africa and gone everywhere humans go, eating at their campsites and riding on their ships, is now causing the fastest mass extinction in history. You may have heard about mass extinctions causing a ~90% extinction rate -- well this one species is causing extinctions at a faster rate than any of those, and if it continues it will be the largest mass extinction in history. Worse yet, it is illegal in every c

  • Why not shoot the geese? The article didn't say that they were protected, endangered, or otherwise not-shootable. Is the section of Ottaway the geese are polluting not safe for discharging firearms?

    In New Mexico, we have a number of animals that require culling (due to the elimination of top level predators) and the way New Mexico Game and Fish solves the problem is by issuing hunting licenses. This seems to work pretty well for us.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Why not shoot the humans? Give the animals a little room to live?

    • by H0p313ss (811249)

      Why not shoot the geese? The article didn't say that they were protected, endangered, or otherwise not-shootable. Is the section of Ottaway the geese are polluting not safe for discharging firearms?

      In New Mexico, we have a number of animals that require culling (due to the elimination of top level predators) and the way New Mexico Game and Fish solves the problem is by issuing hunting licenses. This seems to work pretty well for us.

      Bloody good question, as a resident of the Ottawa area I can testify that there doesn't exactly seem to be a shortage of geese, and in some places they really are a nuisance.

      So I did a little digging, sure enough our efficient government have created a Canada Goose FAQ [ec.gc.ca]. And it turns out that the little buggers are protected under the Migratory Birds Convention Act [ec.gc.ca] because their migratory. However:

      The Act gives the federal government the responsibility to establish hunting seasons, and Canada Geese are greatly appreciated by migratory game bird hunters across the country. More than 500 000 Canada Geese are taken in Canada each year by hunters.

      Migratory Birds Hunting Regulations, 2013–2014: Ontario [ec.gc.ca]

      There is an open season on the Canada Goose [ec.gc.ca] from t

      • by H0p313ss (811249)

        So... Americans, please come shoot our geese and drink our excellent beer this fall. :)

        • There are a lot of Canadian geese that do not bother migrating all the way back to Canada anymore. I am sick of getting hissed at while I walk along the Allegheny river trail every day.

          Saw a goose totally flip the crap out on a police German Shepard last year. Dog was totally cool and ignored the goose the entire time.

          • by tlhIngan (30335)

            There are a lot of Canadian geese that do not bother migrating all the way back to Canada anymore. I am sick of getting hissed at while I walk along the Allegheny river trail every day.

            Hell, there are Canada geese too lazy to migrate south for the winter.

            I remember my youth seeing the noisy V formations as they honked their way south in the fall. These days, nothing. Just geese year-round in Canada.

            Bleh.

            Admittedly, it's warm enough year-round that they don't really need to migrated. At least this part of Ca

      • The geese are better than all the kids running around. Besides the geese have been using the area for far longer than Ottawa has been around.

    • Killing them is a nearsighted solution. If you kill some of them,there will be more resources for those that are left, which cause another increase in populqtion puttinyg us right back where we started. And the idea if letting a bunch of shotgun-totting hicks go hunting within blocks of: our parliament, the residence of the prime minister, and many foreign embassy's, seems like a bad idea.
      • by C0R1D4N (970153)
        It's not even effective and has been tried in the past. The ONLY method that works is management with Border Collies. It's expensive and time consuming but it is by far the most effective method there is.
      • by Mashiki (184564)

        Killing them is a nearsighted solution. If you kill some of them,there will be more resources for those that are left, which cause another increase in populqtion puttinyg us right back where we started. And the idea if letting a bunch of shotgun-totting hicks go hunting within blocks of: our parliament, the residence of the prime minister, and many foreign embassy's, seems like a bad idea.

        It's a perfectly fine solution, since the population has exploded since the massive restriction on hunting them came into place. In my home town we get so many of them now they've actually polluted the local "pond" actually a small dam area maybe 1-2km in size to the point where the geese have killed off all the fish twice including the carp.

        And if you think 24 sussex is near parliament you need to go look at a map. Besides where they like to hang out isn't anywhere near parliament, it's where people like

    • It's in the middle of a city. In Canada we prefer not to have firearms discharged within our cities and towns. We're strange that way.

  • "Modified a drone with some flashing lights and speakers and took to the skies"
    Over the speaker, they say "go fly somewhere else, eh? You hosers."
  • by Charliemopps (1157495) on Saturday May 17, 2014 @03:21PM (#47027043)

    Better hope they're not like these Geese:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com]

    I hate geese.

  • So what happens if this becomes effective enough that eventually the geese never go there again. Where do they go? Typically places that humans populate are not occupied by many predators and there are lots of open places by the water. So in all likelihood, they will find another place to go that humans occupy too.
    • So what happens if this becomes effective enough that eventually the geese never go there again. Where do they go?

      They will migrate south to the United States where Canadian Geese are essentiall a protected species due to all the PETA folks.

      • Overly optomistic. The geese will get used to this thing, and eventually ignore / attack it.

        I feel like I heard someone trying this in California with the same result.

      • So what happens if this becomes effective enough that eventually the geese never go there again. Where do they go?

        They will migrate south to the United States where Canadian Geese are essentiall a protected species due to all the PETA folks.

        They're called Canada Geese, not Canadian Geese. We had a problem with them in my town at the pond in the public park. After trying several stupid things to get rid of them, they finally killed them all.

        One of the stupid things they did was to catch them all and drive them a couple of hundred miles away and release them. Amazingly they were all back in a day or two.

  • by nuckfuts (690967) on Saturday May 17, 2014 @03:35PM (#47027143)
    (If you had RTFA, you too could have stolen that comment).
  • I just woke up and am not in a state of mind to do it myself. Someone please write us a song about being terrorized by Canadian geese to go with the theme song.

  • by KermodeBear (738243) on Saturday May 17, 2014 @04:19PM (#47027445) Homepage

    The Geese need somewhere to live, too. This stinks of homocentrism and speciesist thinking.

  • by ArcadeMan (2766669) on Saturday May 17, 2014 @04:26PM (#47027483)

    One goose says to another goose: "Let's not land here, there's flying wolves in these parts."

    • by i.kazmi (977642)
      would have modded you funny but sadly, i posted a comment and now i can't moderate, please mod parent up
  • Two pounds a day per goose (that's almost a kilogram) - it adds up quickly.
  • How about leaving the geese alone and removing the humans from the beaches they use when they visit? Humans are there to play in the water. The geese are there to rest, because they've been traveling hundreds or even thousands of miles.
  • Cedar Rapids, IA developed their own anti-goose drone [kcrg.com] as well.

  • In the past, the city has tried a number of different methods of ridding their beaches of the geese, but this year, they are going high-tech.

    This is what they did last year, these beaches are in the middle of a city so hunting is out of the question so some kid got contracted to scare them off with a quad copter.

    and to save everyone time last years commets can be summarized:

    "Lets shoot em"
    RE: No its in a city no firearms discharge allowed

    "rabble rabble just shoot them"
    RE: no its in a city no firearms discharge allowed

    "Can't they just open season on them"
    RE: No still in a city no firearms discharge allowed

  • Just come up with a delicious goose recipe, and their population will dwindle quickly

  • It will stop working when the geese realize that the drones never eat a goose and can be safely ignored.
  • You kill and eat them. With proper management they're a sustainable resourse. In the US if they were included in game animals the fees and taxes hunters pay on ammunition, firearms, licenses etal could be used to make sure they were a sustainable game animal.

    Maybe the candidians could learn that.

  • Surely, we have every right to scare away geese that have probably visited those beaches for hundreds of years, if not more. Surely we cannot stay off the beaches when the geese are there, that would be way too hard. Our ability to go to the beach is way more importantWe are mankind, ruler of nature, screw those geese!

    Reminds me of those Brits that go live in the flood plain of the Thames only to complain that it's the conservationists fault (protecting some rare species of clam) when their houses and towns

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