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Now it's war.

Several times recently, I've woken up annoyingly early for no readily apparent reason, a couple times after getting to bed later than I'd prefer.

I knew it had to be the geese's fault somehow. This morning I figured out how. This morning I woke up at about 5:50, trying to figure out why I had the instinctive urge to turn off my alarm even though I was awake enough to recognize that the alarm wasn't going off.

Amid the continual cacophony outside, however, was one very vocal and insistent goose honking at the same pitch and with the same rhythm as my alarm clock.

I keep hearing that it's illegal to kill the gorram things (not sure whether it's a Chicago ordinance or what, and if so whether Westmont or DuPage County or whatever has a similar one), and considering that people would be likely to go overboard (not to mention dumb enough to leave them there to rot), I understand why. But at that hour, I can't help thinking that's a shame.

Where's a zat when you need one?

And do you suppose a Super Soaker would have any effect whatsoever?



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Apr. 22nd, 2004 05:37 am (UTC)
Perhaps you could feed the offender something that damages its ability to honk?
Apr. 22nd, 2004 05:52 am (UTC)
*snerk* Tempting. But I got a full-letter-size-sheet notice when I moved in that we are NOT to feed the geese. Not that it's going to keep them from being attracted to the Big Pretty Pond, but hopefully it will keep them from actively approaching humans for food.
Apr. 22nd, 2004 05:41 am (UTC)
It's a federal law. Sorry. (If you want the specifics, I have them at work 'cause I had to do some research on how to get rid of geese. We went with Border Collies and a radio-controlled boat, to start with, and it seems to be working.)
Apr. 22nd, 2004 05:55 am (UTC)
It's a federal law. Sorry.

'Sokay. I don't seriously want to kill them. As attractive as the idea occasionally sounds. :-)

We went with Border Collies and a radio-controlled boat, to start with, and it seems to be working.)

*nods* Our complex brings in the "Geese Police" with border collies once a week. It's probably too expensive to do it more often, which is a shame, because then it might work.

The boat thing is a cool idea. Thanks!
Apr. 22nd, 2004 06:01 am (UTC)
I was going to say that the town I used to live in had a Border Collie to chase the Canadian Geese off the town common - else you had huge piles of geese poo everywhere.

Apart from that though, there probably isn't much you can do, except get up earlier ;)
Apr. 22nd, 2004 07:47 am (UTC)
Each goose produces a pound of poop per diem.

How's that for trivia?
Apr. 22nd, 2004 07:57 am (UTC)
I'd believe it. It's difficult to even walk in an area where a gaggle of Canadian geese have been leaving their little pillock presents!
Apr. 22nd, 2004 08:19 am (UTC)
*chuckle* Our management office is on a little island in the pond, accessible by a couple of bridges.

Suffice it to say I'm glad I have my rent set up on automatic bill pay.
Apr. 22nd, 2004 08:22 am (UTC)
Oh yeah! Would not want to be making that walk!
Apr. 22nd, 2004 08:14 am (UTC)
that the town I used to live in had a Border Collie to chase the Canadian Geese off the town common

I think if we had one around all the time, it would probably work. They hire a service that comes in once a week, but it doesn't seem to help much that way.

Ah, well. Mating season can't last too much longer, right? *wry g*
Apr. 22nd, 2004 06:26 am (UTC)
Maybe you should get one of those white-noise things. Not sure ocean waves would be enough to drown out the geese, but it's worth a try. Mom
Apr. 22nd, 2004 08:15 am (UTC)
Possibly. My humidifier was serving that function before, but now that the heat's been off I haven't been using it. Good thought.
Apr. 22nd, 2004 08:22 pm (UTC)
Ahh, my aunt has a lake front house, and she wars regularly with the geese. Lines of string or twine, held slightly above the ground by posts, will slow them down, since they don't like to cross it on foot. However, they will still fly over. Might keep them off footpaths, though. They respond to being chased with both brooms and rakes. Super soakers would most certainly have an effect, although I'm not sure if they would flee or attack. Super soakers with water and, say, capsaicin or strong vinegar, now.....
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