Nonmigratory Canada Goose populations have been increasing in many parts of the country. You know if you have them–they are making a mess on your lawn or in your parks! What to do about these big birds? Well, the problem isn’t so much the geese, as our landscaping practices. If you create a lawn next to water, you’ve made a goose Shangri-La. You built it, and they came! Pretty simple!
So what to to about them? Take away what they like, if possible. You don’t see too many geese walking through the forest. You can plant cattails and other aquatic plants to create a barrier between the water and a lawn or grassy area. You can rip out the grass and put in native landscaping. If you can’t get rid of the lawn, you may be able to treat it with chemicals that are noxious to the geese, but otherwise apparently harmless to humans and other wildlife.
And there is always GeesePeace, the organization that can help you humanely haze the geese or otherwise limit their numbers in your area.
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