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Question DetailsAsked on 9/22/2014

How do you get rid of Canada geese?

I find them to be an utter nuisance. They're mean, they defecate all over the yard and they don't seem to migrate anymore, so they're constantly around. Are there techniques that can make my property unwelcome to them? Do I need to call animal control?

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Generally, you are not allowed to take active action to get rid of migratory wildfowl, and animal control will not remove them unless diseased or making such a mess it is contaminating water supplies.

I would check with your local state department of fish and game (or whatever their name is in yourstate) about laws on removing or blocking them - they may refer you to the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Once you know the rules, your local state Cooperative Extension Service should be able to help with techniques to keep them away.

Some I know work (have used on construction and runway jobs where they were a hazard, so approved by USFWS) include:
1) putting up a lot of stakes so they have no runway to land on - bamboo works well, spaced about 6 feet apart
2) puttingup a bunch of the plastic spinning pinwheels sold as do-dads for gardens
3) stringing rope with pieces of white fabric handing down every few feet, at about 10-15 foot spacing and 5-10 feet off the ground
4) dogs and cats
5) importing badgers - eat their eggs and young, and will attack them out in the open even
6) raiding and destroying their nests
7) a hunting license, shotgun and a rotisserie
Generally, things like noisemakers can scare them off but do not keep them away - their memory of where they have been scared away does not seem very long, as evidenced by the massive number of times airports scare them with cherry bombs or blank shotgun blasts and they keep coming back

If you google this search phrase you will find other ways, but no guarantee they are legal - ways to keep geese away

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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It sounds to me like the most practical solution here is to import a badger ;)


When I moved into the apartment complex I currently live in, I was told that they use a service called Goose B Gone (or something like that). Apparently there are companies who specialize in this sort of thing - it may be a more expensive option, but it seems to work.

Answered 6 years ago by KielH

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Move to Mexico? Good luck. They ar enoisy and messy birds.

Answered 6 years ago by Texican




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