Canadian Goose Eggs, And the Protocol for Population Control

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The Federal Migratory Bird Act protecting Canada Geese has been adapted in recent years though to allow for careful population control in residential and agricultural areas. The new protective orders allow for careful and documented control of nests and eggs, giving land owners one more option in responsible wildlife oversight.

While Canadian Geese are still protected by the “Migratory Bird Act,” in recent years their population has grown by 300% in some areas of the United States , and caused issues in communities, and airport parks where the bird population poses a threat to human health and safety.  In 2006 a new protocol to handle goose populations under the oversight of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service came about in the form of the “Resident Canada Goose Nest and Depredation Order.” This order is completely separate from the Airport Depredation Order and Airport Control Orders, which is designed to keep our airports and flights safe from the threat of goose related damage.  The Resident Canada Goose Nest and Depredation Order is designed for landowners, businesses, and local municipalities that have issues with Canadian Geese, and who commit to responsible control methods which can now include egg addling, puncturing, and shaking.

For the safety and long-term health of the Canada Goose population, and to keep them off the endangered and protected lists in the future, permits must be aquired through the US Fish and Wildlife Service regional contacts office. There they can assist you in the permit process, and brief you in any specific rules or methods of control that need to be followed in your state. The US Fish and Wildlife Service then can monitor the goose population through the permits, and subsequent reports filed to them as part of the control process, documenting the numbers of eggs destroyed, and ensuring a healthy population overall.

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What You Need To Know About This New Depredation Order:

Firstly, check with your state, and follow the permit application process to be sure to follow any specific guidelines set out by your individual state, to avoid any legal problems in the future.

Secondly, be aware that the permits come with the added responsibility of documenting the number of eggs and nests tampered with.  Permits must be renewed each year, and can only be renewed once the proper documentation of all the eggs destroyed has been received.

Thirdly, as with all responsible wildlife management practices, the addling, or destruction of eggs is designed to be a last resort, and other methods of non-lethal goose control should be attempted before, and during the possession of this permit. Goose fencing, noise devices, goose dogs, and products that temporarily render turf grass bitter tasting, are all excellent control methods to encourage large flocks of Canadian Geese from long messy visits.

Additionally, there are restrictions built into this law on the dates and months in which eggs may be destroyed.

What Types of Control Are Now Suggested By The “Resident Canada Goose Nest and Depredation Order:

  • Egg addling (specifically with corn oil)
  • Puncturing a small hole in the egg, and replacing it on the nest
  • Destroying the eggs
  • Removing the eggs for later destruction (they may not be sold or kept in your possession)

How Will Egg Destruction Aid Goose Control:

While the destruction of a clutch of eggs will eliminate the viable offspring from that nest, this technique alone will not control the population of geese in your area for several years.  This method is best used in tandem with other non-lethal control practices to curb a goose population in a given area, and encourage them to nest elsewhere. Non-lethal methods are still the fastest and most humane way to achieve quick results in re-training geese to avoid a certain area.

What Other Options Do You Have:

For landowners or communities that do not currently have permits or non-lethal programs operating in goose infested areas, companies such as “Geese Police,” with whom I am familiar, do offer both goose dog contracts to curb geese habits, and contracts where they can additionally hold an egg addling permit for you.  The goose dog company can then monitor and discourage the geese from residing on your property with a specially trained dog (according to state and federal law), and also maintain the responsibility for the documentation you may want to ensure that eggs are destroyed as needed according to the letter of the law.

I am not in any way affiliated with Geese Police, but in seven years of property management with a privately owned and precisely trained goose dog of my own, I can attest to the value, and usefulness of one of these dogs in a control program.  Nothing works faster, or has a longer impact on the memory of a flock of geese then the perceived “predator.” For the average community association, home owner, business, or agricultural operation, who will not be purchasing a private dog of their own, Geese Police may be the best possible option for an all encompassing goose management program.

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  1. Peter says:

    Nice Post Gardenista… Thanks :)

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  3. Canada geese aren't always Canadian geese says:

    These are only Canadian geese if they come from Canada. Please note that their proper name is Canada geese.

    If they live in Canada then they are Canadian Canada geese.

    Confused yet? :D


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