Many property owners are now experiencing problems with Canada Geese. If you live near lakes, ponds, rivers, or reservoirs you have seen a huge increase in the goose population. Geese can leave a huge mess all over yards, side walks, and drive ways.
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Canada Goose Removal Service
The Canadian goose was extremely rare in Indiana at one time. Canadian geese are easily recognized and enjoyed, providing many recreational opportunities for viewing and hunting.
While many people enjoy seeing Canadian geese, problems can occur when too many concentrate in one area. Geese are grazers and feed extensively on fresh, short green grass. Add a permanent body of water like a retention pond, subdivision lake, river, or reservoir close their feeding area and you have the created the perfect environment for geese to set up residence, multiply and concentrate. Geese, including their young, have a strong tendency to return to the same area year after year. Once geese start nesting in a particular place, the stage is already set for more geese in successive years. The problem only gets worse when people decide it’s fun to feed the geese. DO NOT FEED THE GEESE! Feeding of geese is not recommended for many reasons. The geese will obviously continue to come back to those areas and can become a nuisance to many of the other near by property owners. Damage to landscaping can be significant and expensive to repair or replace, while large amounts of goose droppings or fecal waste can render swimming areas, parks, golf courses, lawns, docks, and patios unfit for human use. Since they are active grazers, they are particularly attracted to lawns and ponds located near apartment complexes, houses, office areas and golf courses. Geese destroy lawns and other vegetation!
Geese are particularly aggressive during breeding and nesting season. Their behavior can cause problems around businesses when geese attack workers and customers as they come and go.
Most of the problems will occur around March and continue through June during the goose nesting period. Breeding pairs begin nesting in late February and March. The laying of goose eggs begins soon after nest construction is complete. Female Canadian geese can lay one egg every day or so. With a average clutch size of five. Incubation of eggs begins after the last egg is laid and lasts 28 days. After hatching, goslings are incapable of flight for about 70 days. Adult geese will also molt their flight feathers near the end of June, rendering them flightless for 15 to 20 days. This is the best time to “round up” and remove nuisance geese from problem areas.
® American Animal Control, LLC and its goose removal associates will team up together during this time to remove the nuisance geese from the properties of homeowners, homeowner associations, lake property owner associations, apartment complex retention ponds, and golf courses. Time is very essential. Goose removal can only be done during the goose molting period. Call us if you would like to discuss our goose removal procedures and pricing. 877-264-3638
Goose egg and nest destruction
Information that is provided by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources regarding the laws and rules of the destruction of Canada goose eggs and nest:
This information is informative and is the exact content that is put forth by the IDNR. Any attempt to destroy goose eggs or goose nest should be followed strictly by the laws and rules put forth by the State of Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Any questions or concerns regarding this process should be directed to the IDNR or a local Indiana conservation officer.
Indiana Laws and Rules regarding Canadian Geese
The Indiana DNR has provided new information about Canada goose management. Regulations and Community Actions. New rules went into effect in September 2006. The Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife will still issue permits for agricultural depredation and trapping activities concerning resident Canada geese. However, landowners and managers of public lands can register directly with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to receive permission for egg and nest destruction activities. An annual report must be filed by October 31 of the same calendar year the nest and egg destruction was completed. Nest and egg destruction permits will no longer be issued through the Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Nest and Egg Destruction
It is against federal law for anyone to destroy a Canada goose nest that contains one or more eggs without first securing permission through the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Permission may be received by registering. Landowners must register each employee or agent working on their behalf.
Once registered, egg treatment or nest destruction can occur. Be cautious if attempting to conduct these activities yourself as Canada geese are very aggressive during the nesting period and may attack a person coming close to their nest. The only two methods of nest and egg destruction that are approved is the oiling of the eggs and the complete removal of the eggs and nest.
The eggs can be treated by using food grade corn oil only and placed back in the nest. This will trick the goose into sitting on the eggs for an extended time, but they will not hatch. The oil blocks the pores on the eggshell and the egg becomes nonviable. Nest removal with eggs present is an effective way to reduce goose reproduction and reduce the local goose population in the long-term. If the goose can be seen on the nest, remove the nest after she has been sitting on her eggs for 14 days. If the nest is taken earlier, she is likely to re-nest and lay new eggs, so it is important to wait for 14 days after the last egg is laid. It is probably better to leave the eggs a few days longer than two weeks, rather than take them too early.
If the goose cannot be seen on her nest, the following guidelines should be used:
Remove any goose nests containing eggs that are warm to the touch during the following periods:
- From Lafayette north: The week of April 9th (about the second full week in April).
- From Lafayette south to Bedford: The week of April 2nd (about the first full week of April).
- From Bedford south to the Ohio River: The week of March 26th (the last full week of March).