SARNIA, Ont. - A cardboard cutout of a coyote designed to scare off Canada geese in Centennial Park proved so realistic it prompted an attempted police takedown.
City hall staff saw the animal cutouts advertised and, hoping they might help reduce goose droppings in the waterfront park, spent $60 on a pair and set them up last summer.
But after a few weeks the cutouts vanished.
"We just figured vandals took them," said Terry McCallum, Sarnia's director of community services. "You can't put up any really fancy signs in the park because they usually disappear."
But the full story has only now emerged.
A jogger out for a run early one morning came across the coyote cutouts and was so startled she ran to a nearby construction site. There she told a worker a coyote had "barked" at her and she was afraid it would give chase, McCallum said.
The worker called 911 and Sarnia police were dispatched. They arrived on the scene and quickly surrounded the coyote, only then discovering it was made of cardboard.
Well...there's a nice use of government resources.