Only In Indiana: Geese Police patrol ponds for fowl visitors

The Geese Police are hired to move geese off of properties where they are not wanted.
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If we're in trouble, we know to call the police. But who do you call if you have a problem with geese?

Try the Geese Police.

It is something we come to expect this time of year. The majestic migration southward that we all secretly envy. They are flying south to avoid the winter to come. The problem is, just like the rest of us, not everyone gets to go.

Those who stay behind can cause a mounting problem. One goose can leave one pound of waste or more a day, so just imagine what a flock of 50 can do.

"In a couple of days you have 50-100 pounds of droppings on your property," said Michael Wyatt.

Fortunately, there is someone to call if you need to get the flock out. You call the police - the Geese Police.

Wyatt and his wife, Sally, have been patrolling properties for geese for four years.

"I thought he was crazy. Just crazy," Sally said of her husband's idea. "I said, 'You're crazy. Is this a midlife crisis? Is this instead of a fancy car?'"

A former corporate attorney, Michael says the department has a jurisdiction of about an hour in every direction.

"Multiple times a day, seven days a week. The geese don't realize it is Sunday or Saturday," he said.

Fortunately, most of the officers in his department don't realize it either. If the geese are not intimidated by the truck, then the "rank and furry" take over - like Flo Jo.

At age 10, Flo Jo is a senior officer, dedicated, obedient and, above all, silent.

"When they are working, they are silent. They are focused on what they are doing," Michael said.

"They don't need a treat to reward them. Work is the reward. They are very driven, very work driven," Sally said.

There is also Bond - James Bond - the only male in the four-legged department of four.

"He will start walking up there and they take off and he turns and is, like, 'Really? That was it? That is all I get to do?'" Michael said.

Four years of training taught them to stalk on command. They crouch and circle, but never, never attack. Of course, the geese have superiority on the water, but these border collies are sworn to herd and protect.

"If you are going to be that way, we are going to put the dog in the water. Then all of the sudden, their heads are up and they are, like, 'What is that? They are not allowed to be in the water!'"

Then, the geese are off to the next place - and the praising begins.

"We've had quite a few clients come off service because it has been several months and they have no geese," Sally said. "That's good, because we are getting paid to do that, but it's bad for us because we have no geese. It's good we have no geese, it's bad we have no geese."

Such is the dilemma of the Geese Police. This department is so good that its working itself out of work.

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