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Nuisance Wildlife  
Nuisance Birds
The use of trained dogs to manage and haze wildlife and birds is universally accepted as one of the most effective methods because it calls upon an instinct that has been developed over thousands of years between predator and prey. The dog is quickly recognized as the predator. The dog chasing or hazing the wildlife is not only effective in immediate dispersal but also have longer lasting effects than other techniques because the area is seen to be a home to predators or in this case trained dogs. This will reduce the number of animals utilizing the area to nest and rear young.

Whether you have a golf course, park, college campus, airport or any other area that is frequented by migratory or residential bird populations it is important to have an effective management plan. One goose can consume up to four pounds of grass per day, producing about three pounds of fecal matter per day.  This can lead to the spread of Cryptosporidium parvum a protozoan that can cause sickness or even death. This amount of fecal matter in the soil can contribute to excessive nutrients in the soil and contamination of nearby wetlands and lakes.

 

 Dangerous Birds
picture The U.S. Air Force pamphlet published in 2004 regarding Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) states that dogs are one of the most efficient tools in implementing an effective management program. The pamphlet further states that stuffed owls, rotating lights, ultra sonic devices and eyespots are all ineffective methods to manage birds.  The FAA requires under CFR139 that airport operators maintain a safe operating environment, this includes managing hazardous wildlife.