Geese Hazing

Management of Canada Geese in Suburban Areas

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The Canada goose, or Branta Canadensis, is a goose with a black head and neck, white patches on the face, and a brown body.

Canadian Geese

Canada Geese are primarily herbivores, their diet includes a variety of grasses when on land. The Canada Goose also eats beans and grains such as wheat, rice, and corn when they are available. In the water, it feeds from silt at the bottom. It also feeds on aquatic plants, such as seaweeds.

Canada goose populations in some areas have grown substantially, and now many consider them pests for their voluminous droppings, fecal bacteria, loud noise, and confrontational behavior.
This growth in their population is partially due to the absence of natural predators and an abundance of safe, human-made bodies of water near food sources, such as those found on golf courses, in public parks and beaches, and in residential buildings. The interbreeding of various migratory subspecies with the introduced non-migratory Giant subspecies caused them to settle down around those locations and now Canada Geese are frequently a year-around feature of such environments.

In 2000, the North American population for the geese was estimated to be between 4 million and 5 million birds.

Why should you be concerned about them?

  • Overgrazing of turf grass impact aesthetics. This causes an increase in soil erosion
  • Goose droppings are a health risk and also deter from the pleasantness of a public area
  • High goose populations degrade water quality by increase in fecal bacteria, elevated nitrogen and phosphorus, increasing slimy seaweed and other unpleasant growth
  • When approached, geese can be very aggressive and even intimidating especially during breeding

Can I deal with the problem myself?

Canada Geese are protected under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 (MBCA). This Act arose from an international treaty -- the Migratory Birds Convention -- between Canada and the United States, signed in 1916. The MBCA provides for the protection and conservation of migratory birds, and prohibits people from harming birds, except under specified conditions.

read more at the Environment Canada page>>

What exactly is Geese hazing?

Geese Hazing is the practice of regularly using trained dogs, or other deterrents such as lasers or fireworks to relocate Canadian geese. Abell Pest Control utilizes dogs for this. After a period of regular interruption, noise and annoyance and perceived threats, the geese will finally choose to relocate.

How does Geese Hazing work?

Trained dogs are the most typical and effective method of geese hazing. They pose a real perceived threat to geese, but are trained to not actually hurt the geese. If geese flee to the water for safety, the dog(s) will actually swim out to continue to disrupt them.

How long would it take for the Geese to relocate?

Hazing requires multiple visits over a long period of time to be effective, but will convince the geese to relocate and not come back.

Who could benefit from Geese Hazing?

Geese hazing is a method often used for large park-areas, golf courses, airports and other urban areas.

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