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Way to go SUSA!! emoticon

I would have to 'follow' the people...some walk several blocks.

And then there are some who must allow the dogs to run at night... emoticon

We CAN call the dog catcher....if we can keep an eye on which way the dogs are running..I've done that!

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Yesterday, I saw the first goslings in the park. The Canada geese breed there (although park personel tries hard to keep the number of goslings down, since the flock is growing rapidly, by taking away eggs).

One pair of geese had two little ones.

Not for long, though. A big, black labrador off the leash (although they are required in the park, but hardly anyone obeys that rule) raced up to them and grabbed one screaming gosling.

The owners ran up too late. The labrador was very offended when made to let go of his prey. I watched them carry the gosling away - not sure if it was dead right away. I didn't see any blood, but I also wasn't very close and didn't want to go closer.

And to be honest, when they carried the little thing away, and not even towards the pond where the parents had marched with the other gosling, I didn't want to watch anymore. It was bad enough, really.

*sigh*

One would think that owners would want to control their dogs when there are goslings around. Maybe these learned a lesson.

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That is very sad....

Our Boise parks actually tell people to BRING their dogs and let them OFF leash...BUT They want it done with the adults are mating and looking for nesting spots.
In other words they want them chased OFF before any eggs are there.
Which is a good thing...because Goose poop is horrible and in a public park with kids and picnics..NOT GOOD...
There are plenty of private areas and waterfowl places for them to be...


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Well, in that park, most dogs run without leashes, despite the rules. And usually, things work out okay. The geese are used to it, the people are used to it, even most dogs are. (And yes, goose poop is everywhere.)

But I think that a gosling is simply too much of a temptation for any dog, and especially a hunting and retrieving dog like a Labrador. Many owners forget that.

I would say that there are too many geese in the park. But because there is a large pond, it's practically impossible to make them go away. (There are Canada geese on all sports fields, as well, especially if a pond is nearby.)

Maybe the loss of a gosling isn't dramatic. But I was upset and sad. Could be because one of our goslings died in my hands years, and years ago.

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It is terribly sad..and actually totally stoppable.
I hate when any wild animal must suffer due to man's intervention...


But I do approve of the method here. These are NOT dog parks, and they must be leashed or high fines ensue.
EXCEPT...during breeding and before nesting.
So they are allowing the people and dogs to scare off the geese before they set up housekeeping.
This area is in the Western Flyway...we have millions of geese, cranes, swans, etc. that some through here.
And we have thousands of lakes, ponds, rivers, fields near water and spillways for them to makes nests in...they do not need to pick a public park...

So safer for them...to scare them off during mating, to a place where it will be safe to raise little ones..♥



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