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Residents startled by air cannon following recent geese shootings

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Dyersburg city worker sits in his truck as a propane air cannon (below) is fired in the driveway at a residence on Fairway Drive. Area residents investigated the source of the noise produced by the cannon in light of the recent shooting of flightless Canada geese (below). The air cannon was reportedly being shot to drive off roosting blackbirds at the request of the resident who lived at the house.
Some residents in the Pioneer subdivision at the Farms were startled on Monday evening when a city worker set off a propane air cannon in an area already on edge after the recent shooting of numerous geese.

Around 7 p.m., residents began hearing what was described as sounding like a shotgun. A number of residents got out on foot and in vehicles to track down the source of the sound. What they found was an employee of the Dyersburg Street Dept. firing a propane air cannon at a residence in the 2700 block of Fairway Drive. According to Dyersburg Mayor John Holden the employee was shooting the cannon at the request of a resident to drive off roosting black birds.

Several residents were happy to find it wasn't someone shooting a shotgun, but were still perturbed at the noise being made. Chucky Moody, and his wife Vicki, have lived in the subdivision for over 20 years and got out to investigate the noise.

"We've heard so much about them shooting the geese I came out to make sure they weren't doing it again," said Chucky Moody.

On Friday, June 29, a number of flightless Canada geese were illegally shot, killed, and some maimed at Pioneer Lake No. 5, which is just over a hundred yards away from where the air cannon was being shot.

The Moodys were concerned that considering the recent shooting of the geese the city could have warned them about firing the cannon.

"I don't appreciate it," said Vicki Moody. "We live in the city limits and we can't shoot fireworks out here so why should anybody be allowed to shoot off air cannons and guns? I don't pay as much money in taxes as I do to live out here and listen to this kind of noise. I don't think they should be disturbing the peace."

Holden said he received several complaints about the air cannon and drove to the location and told the employee to cease the firing. He added he was unaware the air cannon was going to be shot that evening and that it shouldn't have been done knowing the situation with the geese.

"It was bad timing," said Holden. "We will not be back there. We are going to discontinue the use of that service in that area until the geese situation is resolved."

The remaining Canada geese were frightened by the noise and swam to the center of Pioneer Lake No. 3, where they remained until well after the air cannon stopped.

The shooting incident involving the geese is being investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state officials expect charges to be filed.

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When the geese aren't being shot, they are being terrorized.


Can understand why the state this "news" comes from isn't indicated on the page.

I would want to hide too, if this was my attitude towards geese, blackbirds and presumably other wildlife.

-- Posted by PattyA on Tue, Jul 10, 2012, at 7:01 AM

while my mother was on her death bed, the city brought in that gas gun and it was really unnerving to her. i think they should stop using that approach. just before dark, pop a fire cracker and they'll fly somewhere else. firecrackers aren't as loud as those cannons.

-- Posted by closerlook on Tue, Jul 10, 2012, at 8:36 PM

When a bird messes on my car ,God gave me water to clean it up!

-- Posted by chief_ty20 on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 9:48 AM

its really kind of tragic that david alexander was put in the middle of all this, and has been demonized by the residents/owners of the farms ... the real tragedy here is that many of the wealthiest, most influential people in this community have driven this entire situation to where it is now ... im not taking the gun out of mr alexander's hand by making the previous statements, but reading this followup article about the air cannon incident shows you what kind of pressures he was under from one side of the equation ... some of these residents/owners are not going to be satisfied with anything you do ... they complain about the blackbirds, but since the entire neighborhood wasn't given a memo in triplicate in bold font they aren't satisfied with it ... now the neighborhood will be at the mercy of the blackbirds until the geese are gone, so that means lots of droppings on lots of expensive toys with their indignant owners trying to discover some sort of victory over the situation; if they can't find it, a scapegoat would be appropriate ... that can be found at the carwash, where many of these folks will go, and find the drive-thru washer doesn't remove all the bird stains ... next is the call to the owner(s) of the carwash, telling him/her they are not satisfied with the quality of the service ... get the picture? ... out of these two incidents with two different kinds of birds, a man will be charged/fined/locked up, a city worker may lose his job, some geese are dead, $60K worth of new bentgrass greens are in jeopardy, and the grinning blackbirds have been empowered to doodoo at will on half-million dollar properties ... and you know, that's what this whole thing boils down to ... a few rich people throwing around a whole lot of cheap doodoo

-- Posted by thoth on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 11:32 AM

Either you want the geese or not.... bnly the people whose property are destroyed should decide...

-- Posted by DMASE on Wed, Jul 11, 2012, at 12:37 PM

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