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By: Canada Goose Management  09-12-2011
Keywords: Permits, Goose, geese

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"Flight Control Plus" , lasers, pyrotechnic launchers and supplies, Coyote effigies, dead goose decoys, and much more. We also lease certain control products. Call for purchase and lease quotes.


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Educational programs and seminars can be tailored for  individuals, from private individuals interested in ‘doing it’ themselves, to individual employees and property managers who will perform all or certain aspects of goose management as part of their daily work regimen.  Groups of  affected property owners and/or associations, employees, property managers from golf courses, and corporate parks affected by Canada Geese can choose to participate.  This education can include goose biology, land and water use practices and how they impact geese, non-lethal control (Border Collie patrols, pyrotechnics, lasers, decoys, chemical lawn treatments, barrier construction), and lethal control (Egg Addling, Round-ups).  Simply stated, a program can be tailored to meet the needs of your situation.  


Egg  Addling enables the affected property owner/manager to reduce or eliminate, for that particular season, (March through May)  the growth of the flock  through birth rate.  Addling is birth control in action.   Addling of the egg can be done by several methods.   The female will continue to sit on the eggs, unknown to her that they will not hatch.  Eventually, she will leave the nest after egg laying season is over.   Though a simple task, addling requires one to search through heavy cover, endure ticks and mosquitoes, and the occasional flogging by an aggressive gander. Federal permits from the US Fish and Wildlife  Service  are required to perform this work, as well as a co-signature by local authorities in some states.  Due to the length of time necessary to process permits and the limited number issued, CGM strongly suggests beginning the process of permit preparation and filing eight months in advance.


During the molt (flightless period inJune and July), the geese are gathered into a corral and then loaded for transport.  The skill of the ‘cowboys’ makes the process look simple.  Requiring a short amount of time to perform, the actual event requires thoughtful pre-planning and coordination.  Federal permits from the US Fish and Wildlife  Service  are required to administer  this work, as well as a co-signature by local authorities in some states.  Due to the length of time necessary to process permits and the limited number issued, CGM strongly suggests beginning the process of permit preparation and filing eight months in advance


This group of techniques is the most well known, and oftentimes the most practical.  Hazing impacts geese from the aspect of safety, also keying in on the instinct of self preservation.  Tools include Border Collie patrols, lasers, lights, pyrotechnic devices, Remote Control equipment, and trained predators


At CGM we recommend the use of "Flight Control Plus",  as the only effective means of controlling Canada Geese through the use of chemical lawn treatment.  ‘Flight Control’ is safe to humans, livestock, and other wildlife.   Designed to give the geese a temporary  and harmless belly ache, the geese soon learn to avoid these treated areas and find new sources of food away from your property.   Flight Control’s unique properties absorb ultraviolet light allowing the geese to see the  treated turf.  Usually after one to two feedings the geese abandon feeding at the site.  This product is available for sale from CGM at competitive pricing.


Physical barriers work in two ways; one, by impacting safety and two, by obstruction.

Safety is a concern for any goose.  When safety is not assured, it is time to find another site.  Geese prefer visually unobstructed areas as opposed to confined areas with limited visibility.  Properly designed landscaping plantings can turn an ‘open area’ into a ‘confined area’  from a goose’s perspective.   Obstruction is typically used to keep geese from a water source.  This method of control consists of fences,  electric and non-electric, nets, floating balls, and grid systems which inhibit landing. Grids and barrier fencing, though successful methods of limiting access to geese, also interfere with the use of these areas by people. 


The object of visual and audio deterrents is to remove the element of safety from a site and initiate the self-preservation instinct of the  geese.   Though excellent tools, the use of these types of deterrents alone  produces quickly diminishing results.  Visual and audio deterrents work best in combinations with each other and with other deterrents.   Visual deterrents include predator effigies, decoys, kites, Mylar tapes, and  balloons.  Audio deterrents include recorded distress calls, predator calls, explosive noises, and propane cannons.


Habitat modification is the least practical but can have dramatic results.  Included in this category are landscape changes.  Changing  grass type  and length can impact geese feeding habits. Covering pond banks with climbing obstacles such as ‘rip-rap’ impacts the geese’ ability to traverse to and from an area. Anti-feeding ordinances are also included in this grouping. 


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