Local Entrepreneur, Army Veteran Brings Geese Chasers to Northern Virginia
Professional geese management service uses trained Border Collies to safely clear Canada Geese from public and private properties.
Geese, start packing your bags: Geese Chasers™, LLC, a professional geese management service that uses trained Border Collies to humanely drive the relocation of unwanted geese, opened recently in Northern Virginia. Geese Chasers’ method for geese elimination is safe, effective, and affordable, relying on highly trained Border Collies, herding dogs by nature, and their handlers to bother Canada Geese into permanently fleeing the premises. Fredericksburg resident and Army veteran Bill Edwards owns and operates the local business, along with his Border Collie, Anna-Liz.
Edwards began his 12-year Army career as an infantry soldier in the Alabama National Guard while attending the University of Alabama, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human Environmental Science. He was then Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, assigned to Camp Casey Korea, and served as a Headquarters and Headquarters Battery (HHB) Executive Officer as well as a Battery (MLRS) Platoon Leader. Edwards proceeded to rise through the ranks until completing his military career as a Captain providing strategic counsel to top leadership on the best employment of artillery, land, and air assets. He is also a combat veteran who was directly selected and assigned to the 1st Security Forces Assistance Brigade (Advisors), as directed by the Department of Defense.
Edwards first learned about the opportunity to own his own Geese Chasers franchise during a program for Army members transitioning to civilian life. Geese Chasers and its unique service, established business model, and built-in support appealed to Edwards and lined up well with the skills he developed through his military experience. Edwards is excited to bring this offering to the Northern Virginia counties of Arlington, Culpeper, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Spotslyvania, and Stafford, as well as into Washington D.C.
“When I first saw the Geese Chasers process in action, how quickly, effectively, and responsibly it eliminates bothersome geese, I was simply amazed and knew this was a concept I wanted to be part of,” said Edwards. “Thanks to the incredible support of the Geese Chasers team, the Northern Virginia community will soon benefit from this innovative service.”
The company’s roots go back to 1998, when CEO Bob Young was playing fetch with his new Border Collie, Boomer. A golf course owner stopped him to share how Border Collies were used in the Mid-West to chase geese and asked Young if he would be willing to try out the method on his course. Boomer cleared 200-300 geese that first week! From there, Young added another golf course to his client roster and the company took off from there.
Young sold his first franchise in 2011 in North Jersey. Northern Virginia will be the brand’s eighth location, with expansion into Connecticut and Chicago expected later this year.
“The Canada Geese population grows by 15 to 20% every year – and so does our business,” said Young. “Wherever you find geese, grass, and a body of water, you’ll find Geese Chasers working to safely and effectively clear bothersome geese to enable community members to fully enjoy their beautiful outdoor spaces. We look forward to bringing this humane and effective service to Northern Virginia and are confident Bill will find great success as an entrepreneur.”
Franchises are available throughout the country, with a 25% military discount. See additional information here.
About Geese Chasers
Geese Chasers™, LLC is a professional geese management service that uses specially trained Border Collies to humanely drive away unwanted Canada Geese for clients including homeowners’ associations, property management, parks and recreational sites, commercial and corporate sites, K to 12 schools, and colleges and universities – among many other locations where Canada Geese can damage properties.
Founded in 1999, the company will open its tenth location in late 2021. Geese Chasers has been featured on national media including Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Fox News, ABC News, CBS News, and NBC News.