Goosebuster the boss of the beach?

Steve Wambolt of Aerial Perspectives is the city's Goosebuster, using a remote controlled...

Steve Wambolt of Aerial Perspectives is the city's Goosebuster, using a remote controlled helicopter to clear Petrie Island of pest birds such as geese and seagulls on August 20, 2013. (Darren Brown/QMI Agency)

Jon Willing, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

OTTAWA -- Will the Goosebuster become the king of the beach in 2014?

Owner Steve Wambolt hopes so after a successful pilot project at Petrie Island late in the 2013 season.

Drones may be the only things that have worked so far to keep nuisance geese away from the largest municipal beach in Ottawa, but the city wants to see all proposals before choosing which ones will go on a standing offer list.

Wambolt's remote-controlled Goosebuster helicopters were deployed at Petrie late last July as part of a $30,000 pilot project.

It was a big success for the city -- and for Wambolt.

The City of Gatineau called him and asked to test the Goosebuster at Parc Moussette starting in May and the Experimental Farm wanted help protecting seeds and crops.

He received a call from British Columbia from someone interested in scaring birds from cranberry farms. And on Wednesday afternoon, Wambolt was scheduled to have a phone call about using the Goosebuster to scare birds from a dam in Manitoba.

"To date I've made zero sales calls," Wambolt said.

Keeping Petrie Beach goose-free has been one the of the top issues for Orléans Coun. Bob Monette since he took office in 2006.


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