Olander Park uses dogs to thin out goose population - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Olander Park uses dogs to thin out goose population

(Source: WTOL) (Source: WTOL)
SYLVANIA, OH (WTOL) -

An out of hand goose problem at one local park is being managed with a unique and humane approach. 

Olander Park is one of Sylvania's pristine outdoor locations. It's a popular destination for walkers and family picnics. But, it is also a popular spot for one particular breed of bird: The Canada Geese. 

"It is, it's a nice spot. It has a pond, it has vegetation, it has bugs and that's what they like to eat. They like to nest next to water." said Melanie Coulter, Natural Resources Manager for the Olander Park System.

Many geese are permanent residents here, but their numbers are getting a bit too big.

During nesting season, some park goers are greeted by an over protective parent, ready to ruffle a few feathers. Which is why the park system hired Ohio Geese Control from the Cleveland area to thin out, but not eliminate the goose population.

"The last thing they want is to be run down by that male if you get too close to the nest." said Jeff Hower, Co-founder of Ohio Geese Control.

Trained border collies approach the geese on land in a predatory posture, scaring the geese off. Any geese remaining in the water are then chased by a radio controlled boat.

The humane procedure will hopefully force the geese to build a nest somewhere else, so future goslings don't view the park as their permanent home.

"If they migrate, they are always going to come back to where they learned to fly. So, if you continuously show a threat in front of them, that's what keeps the numbers low," said Hower.

Another factor in the goose problem at Olander Park is people feeding the geese. Not only is it unhealthy for the birds, but it makes them comfortable around humans.

So, officials here at the park want to make sure that once this process of scaring the geese away is done, that people don't feed the birds and make the problem worse again in the future.

Follow WTOL:  

Download our app here

Copyright 2016 WTOL. All rights reserved.

  • Headlines from Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Fulton & Monroe CountiesNewsMore>>

  • Help me-owt? Toledo Police want you to vote on name for new police cat

    Help me-owt? Toledo Police want you to vote on name for new police cat

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 11:44 AM EDT2018-07-17 15:44:36 GMT
    This black and white cat is the Toledo Police Department's new police cat. (SOURCE: WTOL)This black and white cat is the Toledo Police Department's new police cat. (SOURCE: WTOL)

    Toledo Police need your help in naming a suspect ... er, new department member. Officers with the department stopped by the Toledo Area Humane Society yesterday and have picked out their official police cat. Now they are asking the public to help them name the feline before its swearing in ceremony with Chief George Kral. We stopped by @ToledoHumane yesterday & selected a #policecat. There are plenty of dogs & cats there in need of a good home. Now... Reply w/ your na...

    More >>

    Toledo Police need your help in naming a suspect ... er, new department member. Officers with the department stopped by the Toledo Area Humane Society yesterday and have picked out their official police cat. Now they are asking the public to help them name the feline before its swearing in ceremony with Chief George Kral. We stopped by @ToledoHumane yesterday & selected a #policecat. There are plenty of dogs & cats there in need of a good home. Now... Reply w/ your na...

    More >>
  • AAA warns parents of '100 Deadliest Days'

    AAA warns parents of '100 Deadliest Days'

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 11:26 AM EDT2018-07-17 15:26:23 GMT

    While summer is only halfway over, it is still one of the most dangerous times to be on the road.  AAA is warning drivers that between Memorial Day and Labor Day, marks the "100 Deadliest Days", where teen driver-involved crashes rise 14 percent.   The biggest cause of these accidents is speed, particularly during the hours between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. "In 2017, 34 people were killed overall during the 100 Deadliest Days. We're already at 41. So, we're ahead o...

    More >>

    While summer is only halfway over, it is still one of the most dangerous times to be on the road.  AAA is warning drivers that between Memorial Day and Labor Day, marks the "100 Deadliest Days", where teen driver-involved crashes rise 14 percent.   The biggest cause of these accidents is speed, particularly during the hours between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. "In 2017, 34 people were killed overall during the 100 Deadliest Days. We're already at 41. So, we're ahead o...

    More >>
  • 'I think she broke her neck': Pair accused of not providing care for injured infant

    'I think she broke her neck': Pair accused of not providing care for injured infant

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 11:05 AM EDT2018-07-17 15:05:37 GMT

    A man and woman are in the Lucas County jail after being accused of failing to provide adequate medical attention to a 7-month-old girl who sustained serious injuries Sunday night. The alleged incident took place in the 4200 block of Fairview Drive. Ronald L. Collins, 31, and Courtnie Ann Lykans, 28, have been charged with child endangering, a third-degree felony. Collins called 911 late Sunday night, saying he dropped the girl, Phoenix Whitaker, after he "kicked off of him, slip...

    More >>

    A man and woman are in the Lucas County jail after being accused of failing to provide adequate medical attention to a 7-month-old girl who sustained serious injuries Sunday night. The alleged incident took place in the 4200 block of Fairview Drive. Ronald L. Collins, 31, and Courtnie Ann Lykans, 28, have been charged with child endangering, a third-degree felony. Collins called 911 late Sunday night, saying he dropped the girl, Phoenix Whitaker, after he "kicked off of him, slip...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly