What do ESPN and PETA have in common besides 4-letter acronyms? Animal compassion. You may remember my previous post about coyotes when this all started.
For using only nonlethal methods—including deploying lifelike coyote decoys—to discourage large numbers of Canada geese who have descended on the grounds of its Bristol, Conn., headquarters, international sports media giant ESPN will receive PETA’s Compassionate Business Award.
When flocks of Canada geese recently decided to call ESPN’s campus home, the company didn’t panic and call in one of the “wildlife control” companies that rounds up and kills the birds. Instead, ESPN has placed three decoy coyotes—coyotes are natural enemies of geese—near the ponds by the main gate. For maximum effectiveness, the decoys will be moved to new positions periodically. The company is also using low fencing and strobe lights to deter the birds. —PETA.org