The City of Eugene plans to use border collies to chase Canada geese out of cement ponds in Alton Baker Park, according to a press release.
The city says it will also relocate the domestic white geese in the pond to an undisclosed, “more suitable habitat.” The press release states: “Waterfowl management activities practiced by the City of Eugene will follow protocols approved by the Humane Society.”
The overpopulation of geese in the ponds have become dependent on food handouts, causing health problems for the animals and, through their poop, pollution and potential health risks to humans, according to the city.
The city also plans to remove concrete on the river side of the pond and put in native plants.
Here’s a city picture of a Canada goose with “angel wing” disease, caused by eating too much bread: