Parks and Rec Director: Off-leash program a success

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by Stephanie Zepelin

NWCN.com

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 4:40 AM

BOISE -- A pilot program allowing dogs to be off-leash in most of Ann Morrison has gotten rid of many of the geese in the park.  Boise Parks and Recreation started the program in November to try to get rid of the geese at Ann Morrison Park.

They said the predator-prey relationship between the geese and the dogs might help. Now they're saying it was a success!
   
Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway said Ann Morrison has a higher goose population than Julia Davis or Kathryn Albertson parks. He said this program has decreased the number of geese at Ann Morrison, without increasing the number of geese at the other area parks.

"It was truly a win-win proposition because not only did we decrease the number of geese in the park over the winter time, but we also with the pilot program also allowed folks to come out with their dogs and run their dogs off leash," said Holloway.

Holloway said they want to recommend to the City Council to do the program again next winter. He said they might also consider the same off-leash program in other places.

If you want to take advantage of it, your pup can run off-leash at Ann Morrison for the rest of February.

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