After years of trying everything from shaking and oiling eggs in goose nests to “goose herding” border collies, Boise Parks Dept. this week has designated the eastern two-thirds of Ann Morrison Park as “off leash” areas for dogs. Like many issues in local government, this one has gone to the dogs–and it may work.
The GUARDIAN has followed this story for several years and it seems like each time they come up with a new plan for chasing the geese out of the parks, something goes astray. Warm Springs Golf Course owns a fowl dog which has been effective at clearing the fairways of geese. At Ann Morrison Park as soon as coyote silhouettes were installed, someone rearranged a couple of them into a suggestive pose which drew laughs.
A Parks Dept. spokesman told us with a straight face, “We don’t want the dogs to actually harass the geese, but if they are playing ball and happen to startle the birds into leaving, that’s OK.”
Here are the off leash area MAP and RULES
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