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Ann Morrison Park to allow off-leash dogs to reduce geese problem

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Ann Morrison Park to allow off-leash dogs to reduce geese problem

By James Cramer. CREATED Oct 30, 2013

Ann Morrison Park is about to start the 2nd annual off-leash program for dogs, which will run from November 1st to February 28th.


The program is intended to help prevent long-term damage and address public health and safety concerns caused by hundreds of geese wintering over in Ann Morrison Park.


Dogs will be allowed to run around without a leash from the fountain to the east border of the park. Signs will be posted showing the boundaries.


“Last year’s pilot program was an effective way to minimize turf damage caused by large concentrations of geese in the park,” said Tom Governale, superintendent of parks.

In January 2013, workers counted 10 geese in the eastern section of the park -- down from 485 geese a year earlier.


Boise Parks and Recreation managers have worked with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to implement tactics to reduce the geese in the park.


The end of the pilot program coincides with the start of practice season for local soccer teams.
Boise Parks & Recreation operates four designated dog parks and an additional seven multi-use parks with year-round off-leash hours. To learn more about dog-friendly off-leash areas in the city, see parks.cityofboise.org. Or call the Parks Administration Office at 208-608-7600.