Wildlife Removal Services provides a wide range of services related to removing wildlife from residential and commercial properties in the greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Dayton areas.
It is that season again. Geese are already paring up. If you live by a community pond, they can be beautiful to look at. However, too many of them will kill a pond with their biological waste and make walking around the pond unsanitary. Geese become aggressive during mating season and when they are nesting. This is natural response for them to protect their eggs and their young. But, it also causes conflicts and dangerous situations for people. If you are having problems, you must submit a Goose Damage report with the state of Ohio to obtain a permit. Click here for the form, or, go to our links page for more information.
Canada geese are one of the most adaptable and tolerant migratory water fowl. If left undisturbed they will establish their nesting territory around any suitable pond, be it a golf course, park, condominium or apartment complex, or business park. This can cause major problems for you as the business owner, property manager, or resident. Wildlife Removal Services is here to help! Our trained and licensed professionals provide specialized services to meet customer needs.
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Geese Protection: Canada geese, including their nests and eggs, are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Ohio state law. These laws proclaim that it is illegal for any person, agency, or organization without an official permit from the Ohio Division of Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to harm or destroy any migratory bird, gosling, nest, or egg outside of the designated hunting season.
Non-lethal harassment tactics such as pyrotechnics, lasers, dogs, barriers, and distress calls are allowed. These techniques are used to encourage geese to move out of the area of which they are causing problems. These tactics will not work if the goose has established a nest and laid eggs. They will refuse to leave their nest and young behind despite the harassment.
If non-lethal measures are not successful, the Division of Wildlife may issue a lethal permit to allow the landowner to destroy nests, conduct a goose roundup, or shoot geese. These permits can only be used from March 1st through August 31st. To submit a Goose Damage Report click here. This report will be reviewed by the Ohio Division of Wildlife official.
Aggressive Behavior: Geese have adapted to humans and suburban/urban areas as their numbers have grown dramatically over the past several years. There are numerous reports of aggressive goose behavior and goose attacks on adults, children, and pets, especially during nesting season. Injuries include broken bones, head injuries, and emotional distress. Feeding geese makes them less fearful of humans and encourages them to establish nesting grounds in closer proximity to humans. Golf courses, parking lots, gardens, and picnic tables are all ideal places for geese to nest. Therefore, it is important to keep your distance and protect your property from their aggressive behavior and destruction. Click here for more information on Goose Attacks. Click here for an article on people-goose conflicts.
Don’t Feed Geese: Feeding geese is very detrimental to the goose population for many reasons. First, the food that people typically feed geese is highly processed and not a part of the goose’s balanced diet. Bread, popcorn, crackers, etc. can cause wing deformities in goslings, which can hinder their ability to fly. Feeding also attracts more geese to one area, which increased the risk of disease among the flock. Diseases such as botulism and cholera can spread fast and wipe out an entire flock. Not only does feeding geese cause developmental deformities and death, it impacts humans as well. When humans feed geese they lose their fear of them and become aggressive when they feel threatened. This “free” hand-out only further incentivizes geese to hang around longer (upsetting their migratory pattern) and continue to harass people walking nearby, making noise, defecating and ruining the landscape, and multiplying each season. The take home message is feeding geese negatively impacts them and proliferates the problems they cause. Instead, let the geese continue to be wild animals who scavenge for their own food and follow their natural migration patterns. Click here for more information about Don’t Feed the Geese.