Swedish town buys plastic dogs to scare off geese

July 12, 2013 at 3:15 PM
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SOLLENTUNA, Sweden, July 12 (UPI) -- Officials in a Swedish town used plastic sculptures of dogs to keep geese out of public parks but one resident said geese don't seem afraid of the statues.

Sollentuna officials said the plastic dogs, modeled after German shepherds, were purchased from a Minnesota company called Watch Dog Goose Patrol, which sells the products for $60 apiece on its website, The Local.se reported Friday.

Officials did not reveal how many of the faux canines, which the website says last at least three years, were purchased.

The purchase is the latest attempt by officials to keep the increasing population of Canada and Barnacle geese out of public parks, but locals said the products don't seen very effective.

"When I saw the geese running around them in the park I thought it was comical. It didn't work out so well," resident Andrea Nasman told newspaper Aftonbladet. "Instead, when a lady arrived with a Chihuahua the geese got the fright of their life."

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