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New Help to Chase Geese At Ampitheatre

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--The McGrath amphitheater in Cedar Rapids is preparing to kick off its first full season of operation.

Not everyone is welcome at the new downtown venue.

City leaders want people to come enjoy the amphitheatre, but not geese.

Today, they unveiled a device called the fowl intercept and dispersal officer or FIDO.

Its job is to provide some relief from geese in high use park areas like the amphitheatre.

They can be found frolicking in or around bodies of water.

They also tend to leave some messy presents behind.

They are geese, and the city of city rapids wants them out of the McGrath Amphitheatre area.

"And so the announcement that we have this morning is our new officer, said City Manager Jeff Pomerantz.

That officer is FIDO - a small orange beast with ferocious teeth.

"A lot of areas around the country are using Border Collies. We couldnt find any volunteers so we decided to build an electronic Border Collie, said Daniel Gibbins, Cedar Rapids Parks Superintendent.

There is a fleet of six FIDOS. Each costs about six-hundred dollars.

"They are some commercial varieties of this out there and they are usually between three and four thousand dollars, Gibbins said.

Daniel Gibbons says they came at a cheap price and also with the help of a local volunteer group known as quiet flyers. 

That group helped with the prototype design.

"And then there were a couple other members of the club that actually helped build the prototype and paint the prototype and they used that prototype as an example for building these, said Quiet Flyers member Wayne Edwards.

With the project now completed, the plan is to use the fleet of FIDOS, as the city now calls them, to keep these bad boys away from the Amphitheatre.

"I think they did a good job. I think it should be fairly effective, Edwards said.

City leaders say the fleet of FIDOS is painted orange because geese detest that color.

Fido can chase geese on various surfaces including water, snow, ice, concrete and grass.
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