Anti-goose machine grabs Richmond’s attention
Published Sunday, February 10, 2013 7:49PM PST
As Richmond officials consider culling thousands of snow geese to stop them from ravaging parks and farmland, a Colorado man says he’s come up with a better plan for dealing with the nuisances.
It’s called “The Goosinator” -- a remote-controlled machine that chases unwanted geese away from wherever they gather, whether it’s land or water.
“We incorporated all the different research that was out there to come up with the most formidable craft that intimidates the geese as much as possible,” said inventor Randy Claussen.
The result is a goose hunter than can travel on multiple surfaces speeds of up to 40 kilometres per hour and costs around $3,000 USD.
“When people use this, and chase the geese into the water, and then they use our prescribed recipe…people have surprising results in being able to not only get rid of the geese, but in having a lasting effect where they’re very reluctant to come back,” Claussen said.
For the City of Richmond, which sees some 100,000 snow geese from Siberia every year, the device could prove useful in combating a worsening problem.
“They pull the grass out and they attack the field,” said Richmond Coun. Bill McNulty. “Not only that, because grass will regenerate, but it’s what they leave behind as well, which is not exactly a healthy area to be in.”
Coun. Harold Steves proposed a cull last year, saying it would be the only viable way to stop the geese, but so far, that hasn’t happened.
The city is currently using 16 volunteer dog owners to patrol parks and disrupt the birds.
“That’s actually been quite successful,” McNulty said. “We’ve eliminated the number of calls from residents complaining.”
But Claussen said dogs aren’t always reliable. “You can’t assume that your dog is going to chase unrelentingly like a machine can,” he said.
The inventor said he is willing to head north to show the city what The Goosinator can do.
“We would welcome it,” McNulty said. “But we would want to study it and what the implications there are. And if it can help us in any way we would be more than happy to entertain that. I’m always open to new ideas.”
With a report from CTV British Columbia's Scott Bills