National Park Service

Park Service Wants Dogs to Chase Geese off National Mall


Could border collies chase away the National Mall's geese problem?

The National Park Service (NPS) wants to begin using the dogs to disperse Canada geese that frequent the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool and other spots on the National Mall.

NPS officials say large flocks of geese leave excessive droppings. One goose can leave behind two to three pounds of feces per day. Park officials say the goose droppings can damage pipes and filters in the reflecting pool and create a public health hazard.

The NPS said Tuesday that it's seeking public comments on a proposed plan to use the dogs to chase the large and growing geese population to other parks of the park.

Officials say border collies have a natural instinct to round up flocks of geese. They say no birds would be harmed.

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