Border Collie is answer to geese problem in La Grange
Jazz's natural instinct is not to harm the geese, but to herd them. The geese see her as a natural predator and end up feeling unsafe in the areas she guards.
LA GRANGE, Ky. (WDRB) – Two years ago, the city of La Grange made a controversial call to shoot and kill a number of geese. Until recently, the city was still plagued with hundreds of them.
It's solution came in the form of a six-year-old Border Collie named Jazz.
“First time ever I've been here there’s no geese to be seen,” Karen Smith said Wednesday at Wilborn Park. “Every time I've been here, they're in the parking lot, they're in the grass, they're in the picnic area.”
The same could be said for Eagle Creek Golf Course, but once again not a goose was in sight. And it appears it’s all thanks to Jazz.
“There would be hundreds [of geese] everywhere. I mean it was scary,” said Faith Bush, executive administrator to the mayor of La Grange.
“[The geese] feel uncomfortable. They no longer feel safe in the area, because she is a natural predator to them,” said Jim Skaggs, owner of Geese Runner.
Jazz works two to three times a week and has been in La Grange for about six weeks. She's been so successful that no geese were at the park or golf course. So to see her in full action, Skaggs took us to where they practice.
“[The geese] will go to a place that's wide open and secure most of the time, and she takes that away from them,
Which often times and takes her into the water. As a Border Collie, it’s Jazz’s natural instinct not to harm the geese, but to herd them. She even spent six months training with sheep in Ohio.
Skaggs originally started scaring geese away when he had a problem in his own neighborhood. He then contacted La Grange around the time the city was being highly criticized for its geese removal methods, but his serviced were never utilized.
Out of the blue and about two years later, he received a call from Brush.
“[I said], 'I need you,' and he was like, 'I'm not even doing that anymore. I have a full time job,'” Brush said.
Jazz came out of young retirement, so to speak, to help out, and Brush says it was perfect timing. The city is planning to build a splash park at Wilborn Park, and sanitation issues have come into question in terms of the amount of geese droppings.
But now that the geese are nowhere in sight, it appears to be win all around.
“I hoped I would see this. Did I think it would come true, probably not, but I'm really excited about it,” Brush said.
“She's a lot of fun to work with. I love being with her. It makes the job enjoyable,” Skaggs said of Jazz.
Jazz will continue to monitor and scare off the geese for the next couple of weeks.
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