Culture: Game: Territorial Strategy
Geese for Borders!   (+1, -1)  [vote for, against]
Was Eagles, now is Geese! Train geese to protect national borders.

Makes zero sense, really.
-- daseva, Jul 14 2011

better things to do pen_20pals
[po, Jul 14 2011]

US Eagle population
> 10k Breeding pairs [csea, Jul 15 2011]

Geese, at least, have historical precedent. http://ancienthisto...livy/qt/Livy547.htm
[mouseposture, Jul 15 2011]

Can't we just grow more of them?
-- daseva, Jul 14 2011

what are the eagles expected to do exactly? pigeons are probably cheaper...
-- po, Jul 14 2011

They have very good vision. They could spot crossers and, idk, caw towards the control station.
-- daseva, Jul 14 2011

hmm... ya got what 10,000mi of border and there's maybe 4 bald eagles left in the wild... those are gonna be some tired birdies.
-- FlyingToaster, Jul 14 2011

whats idk? po' things cawing for a living.

how funny me asking what's idk - just googled that!
-- po, Jul 14 2011

giant UAV ornithopter bald-eagle border patrol.
-- FlyingToaster, Jul 14 2011

I live in the wilderness and have encountered bald eagles frequently, so please believe me when I tell you that they are DUMBER THAN DOGSHIT. I've seen 'tamed' eagles trained to catch a scrap of meat in mid-air, but that's one of the things they do naturally anyway. You'd have better luck trying to train a rhinocerous to perform this task. George W. Bush could do this better than an eagle; that's how dumb bald eagles are.
-- Alterother, Jul 14 2011

they're just playing with you - birds are smarter than halfbakers ...
-- po, Jul 14 2011

Bald eagles are off the endangered list so there are plenty around, but yes, there are severe limits to raptor trainability. Even the hunting birds are minimally trained and frequently go feral.

You'd be better off trying to convince geese or swans to nest all along the border. Their natural territoriallity will go a long way to keeping people out (those birds will hurt you).
-- MechE, Jul 14 2011

true ...........
-- po, Jul 15 2011

I agree with [MechE] the Geese Border Patrol are really mean and they bite!
-- xandram, Jul 15 2011

Go with the Geese Patrol...Yay!
-- blissmiss, Jul 15 2011

All the eagles have been laid off.
-- daseva, Jul 15 2011

All of the geese have gone on strike.
-- Alterother, Jul 17 2011

Canadian geese?
-- RayfordSteele, Jul 17 2011

random, halfbakery