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Clever contraption looks to keep fowl off the fairway

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The Timberlin Golf Club has a 'Goosinator' to defend its grounds from Canadian geese. (WFSB photo) The Timberlin Golf Club has a 'Goosinator' to defend its grounds from Canadian geese. (WFSB photo)
BERLIN, CT (WFSB) -

"Birdies" aren't welcome on one golf course in Berlin.

Owners of the Timberlin Golf Club said Canadian geese have been a nuisance for years.

Now, they said they have a unique device to humanely keep the birds away.

"This whole area, we used to be covered with that goose poop," said Jan Bennett, an avid golfer.

For years, the staff said it tried various solutions to deal with the gaggles of geese.

"We've tried fake coyotes. We've tried reflective CDs," said Peter DeFazio, president, Timberlin Men's Club.

The staff said nothing worked.

Now, however, it invested in the "Goosinator."

It's a menacing-looking remote-controlled device that goes after geese. It's purpose is to scare off the birds, even in the water.

"All it does is basically scare them and then they go somewhere else," said Jonathan Zuk, director of operations.

No one really knows what it's supposed to look like, but golfers said it's working.

"I thought it was crazy, but you know what? Crazy things work!" Bennett said.

The Timberlin Men's Club works with the golf club to maintain the grounds. It bought the $4,000 contraption earlier this year.

"We worked diligently for the first three weeks on a daily basis, almost all day, several times a day, and after three weeks we hardly noticed any [difference]," DeFazio said. "Here and now, it's just a maintenance effort. We don't have any geese."

"The best thing about it is my shoes are clean and my shoes were never clean," Bennett said.

The device has become quite popular across the country at various parks and farms.

However, Bennett said it has its limitations. He said it hasn't helped her golf game.

"You know, that's the one part that the Goosinator hasn't done for me yet, but I'm sure it can do it," he said.

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