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Peachland Goose Patrol pilot program needs volunteer pups

The pilot program intends to scare geese away from parks and beaches without harming them
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A single Canadian Goose can poop up to two pounds a day and this waste constitutes a risk to human health and makes parks and beaches less enjoyable. (Black Press Media file photo)

The District of Peachland is seeking four-legged volunteers for its new Goose Patrol.

Dog owners and their pups are needed to join a pilot program at local parks and beaches to scare away migratory birds without harming them.

A single Canadian Goose can poop up to two pounds a day posing a risk to human health and making parks and beaches less enjoyable.

The district conducts regular cleanup of waterfowl waste and is also a member of the Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program.

A variety of techniques are used including scarecrows, reflective tape, irritant laser, distasteful liquids in grassy areas and noisemakers. The Goose Patrol will be another tactic used to keep public parks cleaner.

Dogs will need to be on a leash while they patrol and will be given a high-visibility vest to identify them. Volunteers will be vetted through an interview process.

Interested dog owners can contact the district (250-767-2108) for more information or to volunteer.

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