A bunch of fake wooden cutout coyotes are fooling motorists on the islands in Wolf Lake near Hammond, Indiana. However, the ducks and geese that they are supposed to be scared off are not discouraged. These islands in Wolf Lake are protected wetlands, and two-dimensional phony coyotes were set up to try to prevent the fowl from eating seeds and fresh shoots from the local flora. I would have imagined decoy wolves would have been chosen for Wolf Lake, but they opted for coyotes.
It is reported that the geese were fooled for a short time, but within a few weeks were on to the ploy. However, motorists and neighbors are continuing to be fooled and keep reporting dogs trapped on the islands. Even PETA and city officials got involved to inspect the wooden coyotes that an Army Corps of Engineers contractor devised over two years ago.
“The geese are very wary of them, then eventually they figure it out,” said a spokesperson for the contractor. “They’re very striking when you first come upon them. I could see how it would be for someone driving by at 70 miles per hour.” Yeah, looking at the picture, they are very “realistic”… Guess you need to be smarter than a goose.
Apparently, the wetland plants are now past the point where the fake coyote guards are necessary, so they can be safety removed and the plants will continue to thrive. “They don’t seem to be doing any good anymore and it appears they are upsetting some people,” said the spokesperson.
I say leave them up. The ducks and geese seem to like them.
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Security experts estimate that most burglars will only spend about 8 minutes in your house. They are in a hurry and will attempt to grab the most obvious valuable items. The burglar certainty isn’t that bright, and may have even been fooled by a wooden coyote, but will follow the course of least resistance in ransacking your home.
That’s why Diversion Safes work so effectively. Sure some idiots who break into your house might know that these Decoy Safes exist, but they are going to be scared and in a hurry. These creeps just want to get in and out, grabbing what they can quickly.
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Be Safe, Be Prepared, and Be smarter than a Goose. Don’t be fooled by scary wooden cutouts. Grrr.
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