The town of Smiths Falls is hoping that a pair of swans trumps a whole gaggle of geese.
At a meeting of town council’s Committee of the Whole on June 26, Director of Community Services Art Manhire told councillors two swans have been purchased to help drive geese away from the Upper Basin of the Rideau River in town.
“They are very hardy birds and are very aggressive in terms of their habitat, especially towards geese nesting in the same area,” said Manhire.
Geese are considered a nuisance in many communities because of their droppings, which are unsanitary and can make the areas around their nests slippery and unsafe.
Manhire said the new Smiths Falls swans are “pinioned,” so they will be unable to fly, and will be housed in warm quarters over the winter before being introduced into the Upper Basin each spring.