The Canada goose, a protected bird under state and federal law, is an adaptable bird that can live in a variety of habitats.
While this ability to thrive is good for the goose, it can sometimes lead to landowner frustration during the summer, when geese begin to molt. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division asks people to be patient with geese during this time of year.
What can you do if you have goose problems? Here are a few tips to try and reduce the trouble:
• Harassment: Landowners who don’t want geese on their property can first try a variety of harassment techniques, including chemical repellents, mylar balloons, wire/string barriers, and noise makers.
• Relocation or Lethal Methods: Homeowners who want to reduce or eliminate the goose population on their property can obtain a permit from their local WRD Game Management office This permit allows them to have geese captured and relocated to a suitable area or allows them to legally and lethally remove the animals. The removal can be done by the homeowner or by a licensed nuisance wildlife trapper (list found at www.georgiawildlife.com/nuisancewildlife).
It is illegal to hunt, kill, sell, purchase or possess Canada geese except according to Georgia’s migratory bird regulations.