Alligator Decoys to Curb Geese at Botanic Garden

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One of two alligator decoys now in Memphis Botanic Garden's Koi Pond. - MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDENS
  • Memphis Botanic Gardens
  • One of two alligator decoys now in Memphis Botanic Garden's Koi Pond.

Two plastic alligators will help curb the Canada geese population and their droppings at the Memphis Botanic Gardens, according to Garden leaders who called the move “the most humane and natural solution to this situation.”

Garden officials announced Tuesday that they introduced two “garden variety” alligators into the Koi Pond there. The plastic alligators “similar to what might be found on a typical Florida golf course are actually of the species polystyreneaus (plastic).”

“We have been dealing with a growing (Canada) Geese population at the Garden and they are – how do I say this delicately – ‘messy’ as well as sometimes aggressive toward our members and guests,” said Mike Allen, Executive Director of the Garden. “The introduction of (the alligator decoys) seemed like the most humane and natural solution to this situation and we are hopeful that it works as planned.”


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