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Vaudreuil-Dorion determined to keep Canada Geese away from parks


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Vaudreuil-Dorion council adopted a resolution at the Tuesday evening council meeting on April 3 to hire a St. Lazare-based company to keep Canada Geese out of the city’s parks.

Vaudreuil-Dorion council renewed its commitment to eliminate the waste problems caused by Canada Geese by preventing them from loitering at the city’s parks. An $18,000 contract was awarded by council at the April 3 public meeting to Services Environnementaux Faucon Inc. of St. Lazare.

The company uses air guns, trained dogs and falcons to scare away the geese. “This year we want to start earlier to make sure the geese don’t come into our parks, especially onto our baseball and soccer fields. These people will begin working as soon as they see a problem,” Pilon told The Journal.

Pilon said the company managed to keep the birds away last year which helped eliminate the waste that would accumulate in the city’s parks if the geese were left undisturbed to roost and wander.

“The parks were very messy. Imagine if there’s a young guy on the soccer field and he falls face-first onto the grass. It’s a matter of public hygiene. We have to protect the health of our citizens and we’re very happy with the result,” said Pilon.

The city never had a problem with Canada Geese until about two years ago. “The company thinks the problem will eventually resolve itself. It seems the geese changed their pattern. Instead of going into the fields, they’re going into parks,” said Pilon. “We just want to help the geese change their habits.”

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