Canada Geese Kept Away by Coyote
Beachgoers at the popular Arlington Reservoir in Massachusetts, USA, have stumbled upon a novel way to keep Canada geese away from the beach: a decoy coyote. The coyote - an on-the-fly amalgamation of twisted chicken wire, hardened foam, and a coat of brownish paint - was put together by Claudia Hughes, a lifelong Arlington resident who saw a cardboard cutout of a coyote on a Cape Cod golf course last summer and figured she could build something better. Coyotes are natural predators of Canada geese and so have been used for over a decade to keep the birds away from parks and beaches, but never with so much success as at Arlington Reservoir.
The geese cause lots of mess and disruption during the summer season when they return from migration spots. Unlike other places where decoys have been tried and failed, the Arlington Reservoir coyote, which has yet to receive a name, is moved around the Beach and has so far been successful.
However, despite the decoy’s success – and a hunting season that sees over 12,000 shot a year – Canada geese have become part of the local ecosystem and at the last count there were just under 40,000 in Massachusetts.