Nesting Canada geese are fearless in defending their homesteads, even when their homesteads are adjacent to well-traveled public entryways. They will aggressively pursue anyone who gets too close.
There are well-documented incidents of falls and injuries that occur when unwary pedestrians find themselves racing to escape the wing-flapping onslaught of a goose in attack mode.
No less disturbing – as well as an additional source of falls – are the prodigious and unhealthy splats of waste they deposit in startlingly large amounts. These droppings can threaten health as they enter the water supply. And this year, some Canada Geese have tested positive for the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) which can infect humans as well as domestic birds like chicken and turkeys.
Meanwhile, an array of federal, state and sometimes local regulations protect these birds and restrict the measures that can be used to discourage them from taking up residence on your turf.
That can leave you vulnerable to health, safety and property damage risks as well as the risk of claims and lawsuits filed by people who suffer injury on your property.
They’ll Be Back: Nesting Geese Return Year after Year
And geese are everywhere in the Midwest, with the ability to spread disease and ruin crops as well as the shoes of unwary pedestrians. Attracted to parks, golf courses, farms, residential neighborhoods and industrial parks, these oversized birds find human-occupied areas an attractive haven from predators and hunters. As a bonus, there are many people who feed them.
Once they’re settled in, or have eggs in the nest, the laws governing their management get stricter. Even after they’ve moved on, they’re likely to return to the same spot next season – and the season after that. Geese have a life expectancy of 10 to 25 years, with some living as long as 30 years. Resident geese begin nesting at a younger age and produce larger clutches than migratory geese.
The good news is that these pushy birds are well known to Midwest area animal control experts, and there are humane, effective and legally approved strategies for getting them to move on – and stay away.
Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, a permit is required to manage nuisance geese. It also helps to have professional experience in dealing with these strong and aggressive birds.
Proven Solutions from the Experts
The professionals at Rusty’s Animal Control (RAC) are licensed and certified and have decades of experience in the safe and humane management, prevention and mitigation of wildlife conflicts for commercial, industrial and residential properties.
Egg addling and aggressive goose removal are a few of the solutions we can provide to eliminate conflicts with Canada geese on your property. We can legally remove nesting pairs if they become aggressive and start attacking people or pets.
Contact us today for expert, humane and cost-effective help with managing your goose conflicts. Our services comply with both the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Indiana state regulations.