Canada Geese - Seattle Audubon (2022)

Canada geese are extremely adaptable. They use food and other resources present in urban landscapes for nesting, raising young, molting, feeding, and resting.

In parks and shorelines with short grass, large flocks of geese will feast upon areas of vegetation. This can be viewed as problematic when parks become littered with droppings and feathers, or when public swimming areas used by many geese must be closed to swimming (see Public Health Concerns). Additionally, when nesting, geese may chase or peck at people who get too near their nests or young.

In public areas with favorable habitat, it is rarely desirable, or possible, to eliminate geese entirely. Ideally, management programs should strive to acheive a goose population that minimizes hazards to the birds while meeting the land use needs of the human community; no single, quick-fix approch is likely to achieve this outcome. An integrated approach using several of the techniques described below in combination is required. Any approach to managing geese, ideally, should be in place before geese discover a site —or quickly thereafter—as it is much more difficult to discourage geese after they have become attached to a site. After nesting has started, moving or scaring geese off a nest is illegal.

To minimize conflicts or remedy existing problems:

Stop feeding geese: When the diets of geese are no longer supplemented with handouts and they have to depend on the natural food supply, some or all the geese will move elsewhere.

In public areas, it is helpful to first install interpretive signs explaining the problems caused by feeding geese. Such signs might include the following in their text, preferably in the appropriate languages:

  • Please don’t feed the geese!
  • Human food is not good for the geese because it lacks proper nutritional value.
  • Feeding attracts more geese than the area can support naturally.
  • Geese in high concentrations are more likely to get diseases and parasites.
  • Geese droppings harbor parasites that can cause human health problems.
  • Goose droppings increase algae growth that, in turn, results in fish kills.
  • Goose droppings are unsanitary, unsightly, and contain parasites irritating to humans.
  • Geese eat plants needed for ground cover and erosion control.
  • Too many geese in one area may force the municipality to have them killed.
  • Goose-management costs taxpayers money.

In order to prevent well-intentioned people from feeding geese, some localities may need to pass ordinances to regulate feeding and create authority to enforce such regulations.

Lawn management: Evolutionarily, Canada geese are tundra nesters that prefer to congregate on low vegetation adjacent to open water (Fig. 7). Thus, areas of lawn next to water often attract geese. Large lawns provide food to graze on, room to take off and land, and an unobstructed sight line to scan for potential predators.

Although it can be expensive to transform a large lawn into something else—such as a play area or a landscape made up of plantings other than grass—it is the best long-term solution to human/goose conflicts. Such a transformation can occur over time and in phases; fencing or repellents may be necessary while the new landscape is getting established. A bonus side-effect will be a more diverse suite of bird visitors enjoying your diversified landscape.

One important modification to a large area of lawn is to reduce its size to the point where geese no longer feel safe grazing on it. An open sight line (the distance from the geese to a place where a predator could hide) of less than 30 feet will generally cause geese to move to a more comfortable grazing area.

Any size lawn can be made less attractive to geese by increasing its growth height to 6 inches and reducing the number of tender new shoots it produces. Stopping fertilizing and watering will reduce both the palatability of the lawn and the time it takes to maintain it. (The grass can be maintained at any height with a weed-whacker.) All of the lawn—or only a wide portion bordering a body of water—can be maintained this way.

Barriers

Barriers are most effective when geese numbers are low, when geese are molting (not flying), and when the barrier is in place before geese begin using the area.

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Low barriers may not deter flying geese from entering an area. However, since geese typically do not land in an area that is less than 30 feet wide, barriers, or lines of vegetation, can be used to break a site into smaller spaces. Low barriers can be combined with above-ground grids to prevent flying geese from accessing planted areas.

Plant Barriers

Geese have a fear of confinement you can take advantage of by the way you landscape. Shrubs, aquatic plants, and closely spaced groups of trees can be used to discourage geese if they block the birds’ pathways to grazing areas and safety, and reduce the birds’ sight lines to 30 feet.

For immediate results, plants should be at least 30 inches tall to prevent geese from seeing over them, and planted densely or in a staggered pattern to prevent geese from walking through gaps between the plants. Wide plantings (20 to 30 feet) are more effective than narrow plantings. In wide plantings, winding footpaths prevent the geese from having a direct line of sight through the planted area, yet still provide shoreline access for humans (Fig. 8).

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Figure 8. Plants should be planted densely or in a staggered pattern to prevent geese from viewing a passage through the planting. Wind paths through plantings to allow access for people, but not geese.
(Drawing by Jenifer Rees.)
Figure 9. In man-made water bodies, cutting and filling can provide a stable substrate on which to plant a barrier of aquatic plants. The water level of the pond, or other impoundment, can be temporarily lowered to allow construction of the planting area. (Drawings by Jenifer Rees.)

Where space is limited, one or two rows of shrub plantings can be combined with a fence, as described below. Ideally, the fence should be installed first and the shrubs planted as closely as possible to it so that as the shrubs grow, they envelope the fence.

Geese often gain access to grazing areas by simply walking out onshore from the adjacent body of water on which they have landed. Therefore, introducing a barrier of aquatic plants along the shoreline of a water body can create both a physical and a visual barrier to geese. Barriers of native aquatic vegetation that are at least 3 feet wide and include tall material, such as bulrush (Scirpus spp.), are most effective (Fig. 9).

If the limiting factor is the absence of an area on which to establish the new aquatic planting, constructing such an area can help. In human-made water bodies, cutting and filling can achieve a stable substrate on which to plant a barrier of aquatic plants. The water level of the pond, or other impoundment, can be temporality lowered to allow construction of the planting area. However, along natural water bodies, construction of a planting area can be more problematic or prohibited —water levels may not easily manipulated, placing fill in deeper water is more likely to create unstable, slump-prone areas, and a permit may be required (contact you local wildlife office for permit information).

Keep New Plantings in the Ground

Newly planted sites often suffer high plant mortality due to geese pulling small plants out of the ground. If still migrating, these geese would ordinarily arrive later and there would not be such pressure on the plants. To reduce this problem, or where barriers and other control tactics are not practical:

  • Place large stones around the crowns of plants.
  • Insert a metal staple (used to secure jute netting) over the crown of individual plants.
  • Place long lengths of wood lath over the crowns of plants planted in a row. Secure the lath with metal staples or rocks.
  • The above-mentioned devices will need to stay in place for two growing seasons—longer in areas where emergent plants are being established, or where there is a lot of pressure from resident geese.
  • Another approach is to use large plant material (1-gallon containers instead of 4-inch pots or plugs).The larger root ball will have a better chance of getting established during the first few growing seasons.
  • Do not drape bird netting over groups of new plantings as it often entangled birds.

Fences

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Figure 10. A low electric fence may be a temporary solution when geese have young or are molting. Flag the lines to warn people, and expect pets and wildlife to knock them away.
(Drawing by Jenifer Rees.)

Fences can be made from woven wire, poultry netting, plastic netting, plastic snow fencing, monofilament line, or electrified wire. Fences should be at least 24 inches all (3 feet may be better), firmly constructed, and installed to prevent the geese from walking around the ends.

Regardless of the material, lower openings should be no larger than 4 inches to prevent goslings from walking under or through the fence. Thus, a fence made from five monofilament lines (at least 20-pound test) should have lines set at 4, 8, 12, 18, and 24 inches above ground.

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Fences used in areas with tidal influence need to prevent geese entering the shore at all tide levels while not trapping fish. Turning field fencing upside down—moving the wider holes to the bottom—may accommodate fish passage.

Many electric fences are portable and can be set up in one or two hours and quickly taken down for storage when not in use (Fig. 10). The strands only need to be placed 4, 8, and 12 inches above the ground.

Due to the variables affecting your selection of a power source, and fence design and operation, it is best to consult a reputable dealer for the specifics regarding its use (look under “Fence Contractors” in your phone directory). Information is also available from farm supply centers. Most home improvement centers carry suitable units. Consult your local zoning office and neighborhood covenants to determine if electric fences are permitted where you live.

Grids and Netted Rooms

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Figure 11. In places with large numbers of geese, and where funding is available, newly planted areas can be entirely enclosed in netting for the first few growing seasons. (Photo from People for Puget Sound.)

A grid or network of multiple parallel lines of wire, stainless-steel cable, twine, rope, or monofilament (50 pound test) stretched 1 to 2 feet above a water body or other area will create a flight hazard and deter geese. There should be no more than 5 feet of space between lines. If humans need to access the area under the grid, the grid can be installed high enough to accommodate them. To prevent geese from walking under the grid, install a perimeter fence as described earlier.

Attach separate lines to each vertical support (do not run the same length of wire through the entire grid) so that you will not have to rebuild the entire grid should one line break. Wherever two grid wires cross, tie the lines together to prevent rubbing and possible line breakage.

In places with large numbers of geese, and where funding is available, newly planted areas can be entirely enclosed in netting for the first few growing seasons (Fig. 11). A netted room built high enough to allow access for maintenance can be constructed using wooden vertical supports sunk in the ground, horizontal steel cable supports, and heavy-duty bird netting. Such netting is commercially available from companies that specialize in bird control. Previously used bird netting may be available from habitat restoration companies, as well as used gill netting from fisherman and fish hatcheries. The cost of new netting makes seeking out an alternative worthwhile.

Where long runs of steel cable are being installed to support netting, each line should get a separate length of cable, fitted at one end with an eyebolt, and at the other end with a turnbuckle. This will allow the cable tension to be adjusted or the cable to be removed if needed. The netting can be attached to the cable with nylon string, wire, or hog rings. Hog rings and a special tool to attach the rings are recommended for large projects.

Note: All grids, netting, and fencing material should be regularly monitored for holes, trapped wildlife, sagging, and overall effectiveness.

Scare Tactics

Scare tactics are used to frighten Canada geese away from feeding, loafing, and resting areas where they are unwanted. Because geese learn that real physical danger isn’t associated with scare devices, the birds will quickly learn to ignore them, no matter how effective these devices may be initially. Because of this, and to take advantage of geese being neophobic (fearful of novel objects), two important rules are: (1) never rely solely on one tactic, and (2) vary the use by altering the timing and location. Scare tactics are only as effective as the person deploying them.

Scare devices are available from the Internet, at over-the-counter bird-control businesses, and at some farm and garden centers.

Scare tactics include:

Eyespot Balloons
Like most birds, geese rely more on vision than on their other senses to avoid danger, and so visual stimuli can be effective. Commercially available eyespot balloons are large, helium-filled balloons with a large, eye-like images. (Large colored spots on three sides of any helium balloon can suggest eyes.) Tether balloons on a 20- to 40-foot monofilament line attached to a stake or heavy object. The balloons should be located where the wind will not tangle them in trees and utility lines, and should be repositioned at least once per day. Two balloons should be adequate for an average size yard.

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Flags and Streamers

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Figure 12. Flag designs using a large plastic garbage bag on a pole. Note the wooden battens installed to prevent the flags from ripping. (Drawings by Jenifer Rees.)

Flags and streamers work best in areas where there is a steady wind. A simple flag design uses plastic garbage bags mounted on tall poles (Fig. 12).

In addition, mylar tape can be made into 6-foot streamers and attached to the top of 8 foot long poles. Mylar tape is silver on one side, usually red on the other, and is very shiny and reflective.

A disadvantage of Mylar tape is that it is only effective in bright sunlight and wind. Poles with flags and streamers should be repositioned once per day.

Scarecrows
Scarecrows are only effective where geese view humans as dangerous predators, such as rural areas where they are hunted. Scarecrows can be made out of almost any material; however, the design should include movement, bright colors (red, blaze orange, or safety yellow), and large eyes. For maximum effect, the arms and legs should move in the wind, and the scarecrow should be moved once per day.

Geese occasionally will find a swimming pool an acceptable area. Large, blow-up toy snakes are reported to work as a type of scarecrow. Simply buy two or three of these, add weights (sinkers), and put them in the pool. Streamers made of mylar tape may also work if strung across the landing zone.

Noisemaking Devices
Devices that make a loud bang can scare geese, causing them to take flight. Promptness (beginning as soon after the geese arrive as possible) and persistence are the keys to success when using these devices.

Types of noisemakers include propane cannons, blanks, and whistle bombs. Propane cannons are stationary devices that explode propane gas at irregular intervals.

Loud auditory tactics generally require permits from area police departments and may be restricted in urban areas because of noise ordinances. When such devices are used, it is important that all organizations involved in the process be kept in communication. In addition, the surrounding neighborhood should be advised of what the process is trying to accomplish.

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The more geese are exposed to these fear-provoking stimuli, the faster they will become accustomed to them and ignore them. For this reason, noisemakers should be used sparingly, and propane cannons should be set so that they fire only a couple of times per hour.

Lasers

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Figure 13. The lower power levels, directivity, accuracy over distance, and silence of laser devices make them safe and effective species-specific alternatives to noisemaking devices.(Photo by Russell Link)

Research conducted by the National Wildlife Research Center indicates that relatively low-power, long-wavelength lasers provide an effective means of dispersing geese, gulls, crows, and ravens under low light conditions, while presenting no threat to the animal or the environment (Fig. 13). The lower power levels, directivity, accuracy over distance, and silence of laser devices make them safe and effective species-specific alternatives to noisemaking devices.

Although researchers are not sure if birds see the same red spot as people, it is clear that in certain bird species the spot of laser light elicits an avoidance response. The birds view the light as a physical object or predator coming toward them and generally fly away to escape. Note: Lasers should never be aimed in the direction of people, roads, or aircraft.

Dogs
When directed by a handler, dogs are the method of choice for large open areas such as golf courses, airports, parks, agricultural fields, and corporate parks. In residential areas, parks with continuous public use, areas bisected by roadways, and large water bodies, dog use may not be appropriate.

Results are often immediate. After an aggressive initial use (several times a day for one or two weeks), geese get tired of being harassed and will use adjacent areas instead.

A dog can be tethered to a long lead (which may require relocating the dog and tether frequently to cover more area), be allowed to chase and retrieve a decoy thrown over a large flock of geese, or be periodically released to chase the birds (if this is not against leash laws).

While the wolflike gaze of border collies is frightening to geese, these dogs rarely harm them. These dogs can be purchased already trained, or be trained; however, it is also possible to hire a border collie “service.”

Other breeds of dogs can also do the job. It is recommended that they be from proven working stock, preferably with prior experience with or exposure to live animals, particularly birds.

Chemical Repellents
Taste-aversion products and other chemical repellents are unobtrusive, may be applied directly to the problem area, and will not harm the geese. Drawbacks to repellents include the high costs of covering large areas, the need for frequent application in rainy areas and during the growing season, odors associated with the few registered products, and their negative influence on the behavior of other wildlife.

If geese have used the area in the past, apply repellent before their return. Carefully read and follow all label and technical directions.

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FAQs

How do I permanently get rid of Canadian geese? ›

  1. STEP 1: Add a predator decoy. Coyotes are a natural predator for geese. ...
  2. STEP 2: Set up a motion-activated sprinkler. Setting up a motion-activated sprinkler is another solution to consider when you need to get rid of a group of geese. ...
  3. STEP 3: Let your lawn grow. ...
  4. STEP 4: DIY a very loud noisemaker. ...
  5. STEP 5: Adopt a dog.
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Is it legal to shoot Canadian geese in Washington state? ›

Canada geese are protected under federal and state law and a hunting license and open season are required to hunt them.

Are there geese in Seattle? ›

Canada geese still continue (as of 2010) to live and thrive in the Seattle area, and throughout Puget Sound.

What is the penalty for killing a Canadian goose? ›

Fines ranging from $5,000 – $15,000 depending on the offensive action. Imprisonment for six months or more depending on the misdemeanor. Felony charges for guilty offenses.

Do fake owls keep geese away? ›

Scare Geese Away

Some common scare tactics include: Decoy animals: Place predatory animals, owls, etc. around desired area. Reflective objects: Hang mylar streamers near the water.

How do you keep Canadian geese off your property? ›

The best way to keep geese away from your property or pond is to use a combination of products. By placing a liquid deterrent around the edges of ponds and near your buildings or populated areas along with installing decoys in key locations, you can effectively prevent geese from ever returning.

Can you eat a Canadian goose? ›

Canada geese have a mild flavor that results in good eating; done properly, it resembles lean beef in texture. If they are not prepared properly, overcooking the breast meat is a common mistake, the meat can be tough and almost unpalatable.

What days can you shoot geese in Washington state? ›

Migratory Game Bird Seasons
2022-2023 Migratory Game Bird Seasons - Western Washington
SpeciesSeason DatesPossession Limit
Goose (except Brant)Every day Oct. 15-30 Saturdays, Sundays, & Wednesdays only Nov. 4 - Dec. 4, Dec. 21 - Jan. 22, and Feb. 11-22.9g
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Can you shoot Canadian geese? ›

There is an early hunting season for Canada geese that typically runs from September 1-15. Canada geese can also be hunted in compliance with state and federal regulations during regular waterfowl season in November-December. Specific dates for this season vary annually.

Where do geese go in the winter Washington State? ›

Skagit Delta is one of the major wintering grounds for waterfowl in North America. The most numerous bird population that winters in the valley is snow goose. In recent years, their annual count in Washington often exceeds 50,000.

What kind of geese are in Washington state? ›

They include:
  • Canada geese.
  • Cackling geese.
  • Snow geese.
  • Ross's geese.
  • White-fronted geese.
  • Brant.
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How long do Canadian geese live? ›

The average life span of a Canada goose is 10-25 years. There are reports of geese living more than 30 plus years in the wild and an isolated case of a Canada goose living over age 40 in captivity.

Can I shoot geese in my yard? ›

It is illegal to harm geese, their eggs, or their nests in the United States without permission from the U.S. Fish and Wild Service (USFWS).

Can you shoot Canada geese all year round? ›

Shooting out of season can take place but only under the relevant General Licences. Depending on which country you are in (excluding Northern Ireland) determines the General Licence you can use.

How do you get rid of geese legally? ›

15 Tips on How to Get Rid of Geese Fast [Humanely]
  1. Install a geese repelling lighthouse. ...
  2. Scare with a geese predator decoy. ...
  3. Install a motion-activated sprinkler. ...
  4. Grow your grass taller. ...
  5. Intimidate with goose distress calls. ...
  6. Remove all food sources. ...
  7. Scare them with strobe light. ...
  8. Grid your pond with wire or mesh.

What do geese hate the most? ›

Geese hate loud noises, lights in their sleeping areas, long grasses, obstructed access to waterfronts, and grape kool-aid. Yes, that's true. Geese are on your property to either eat or nest and disrupting what they need to do in both of those circumstances will help you repel them.

Is goose poop good fertilizer? ›

Goose Poop as Fertilizer

Goose droppings makes wonderful, nutrient-rich fertilizer. The droppings contain lots of carbon, as well as nitrogen andphosphorus when dried, giving them a fertilizer value of close to 2-4-2, which makes it a very good-quality fertilizer for vegetable gardens.

Does grape Kool-Aid get rid of geese? ›

ReJeX-iT is typically a successful repellent that has methyl anthranilate, which is an artificial flavoring used in grape bubble gum, grape popsicles, and grape Kool-Aid, that does not harm the geese, but they find it repulsive.

What is a natural deterrent for geese? ›

Geese hate the smell of methyl anthranilate more than anything else. Methyl anthranilate is a chemical that naturally occurs in grape juice and is often used as an artificial grape flavoring. Methyl anthranilate is the scent that irritates geese the most.

Why is there so many geese in my yard? ›

Avoid Feeding

The geese will realize that your property is a good food source, and more flocks will gather in your yard. In addition to avoiding feeding the geese, be sure to remove any food sources in your yard such as garbage.

Will an air horn scare geese? ›

Although this is a temporary solution to get rid of geese on property, loud noises can be an effective repellent for getting rid of geese. Such noises could include an air horn, clanging noises or even the human voice.

Do geese remember faces? ›

4. A Canada goose never forgets a face - or a kindness. Give one treats or rescue an injured goose and you have made a friend for life. 5.

Why do we not eat geese? ›

The gas used to kill the geese is carbon dioxide, which doesn't make the meat toxic. Perhaps New York City officials are concerned about smog and pollution that the geese may have accrued in their metropolitan life. In any case, several other states don't think that goose meat toxicity is an issue.

What are Canadian geese good for? ›

Canada geese provide several ecological benefits that may aid other plants and animals. They can serve as seed dispersers by eating plants in one area and then depositing seeds in another area when defecating. Goose feces, in moderation, can contrib- ute to soil fertility by adding nutrients.

Can you hunt geese in Washington state? ›

Geese (including brant) are the waterfowl hunter's “big game.” Washington hunting seasons for geese allow the harvest of several species and subspecies. Along with an abundance of birds, liberal seasons, and lots of hunting opportunity, goose hunting can be a real joy.

Can you hunt snow geese in Washington state? ›

Washington offers a wide variety of waterfowl hunting options, ranging from deep saltwater areas to dry land agricultural fields. The many types of habitat in the state support opportunities for waterfowl ranging from mallards, Canada geese, and snow geese to sea ducks and brant.

How many snow geese can you shoot in Washington state? ›

Daily Bag Limit: 3 Canada geese (except dusky Canada geese which are closed to harvest), 10 white-fronted geese, and 10 white geese (snow, Ross', blue).

What do you do with geese after you shoot them? ›

After you shoot into a few flocks, though, things get dicey. Geese might return to an especially tempting food source, but they often wait a few days before doing so and are exceptionally wary when they do. Otherwise, birds might simply relocate to another field.

Why are Canadian geese a nuisance? ›

Wherever there are Canada geese, there are goose droppings. And therein lies the main problem that many people have with these otherwise mostly harmless birds. Rounding up and killing entire flocks of geese has become an all-too-common (and temporary) fix in many communities.

Can you eat geese? ›

Yes, goose meat is edible, although it's generally not as desirable as chicken or other poultry, since it's fatty and expensive. Goose meat is traditionally eaten at Christmas in the UK and North America and is used heavily in Cantonese cuisine.

How long do the snow geese stay in Skagit Valley? ›

From October to April, stunning snow geese find home at the Fir Island Farms Reserve Unit. The five- to six-pound white birds with distinguishable black-tipped wings and red-rose feet are truly a sight to behold. "They're fantastic to watch. Absolutely incredible," said nature photographer Jill Hein.

Are Canadian geese invasive? ›

Canada Geese introduced to Europe and New Zealand are developing the same familiarity with humans there, and legitimately qualify as invasive by any definition.

Are snow geese still in Skagit Valley? ›

In the mid-1970s, the Snow goose population on Wrangel Island declined to a little over 50,000 birds, with approximately 12,000 birds wintering in the Skagit and Fraser valleys combined. However, since then Snow goose population has risen significantly with as many as 300,000 returning to the island in recent years.

What is the largest bird in the Pacific Northwest? ›

The California condor, Gymnogyps californianus, is the largest soaring land bird on the continent, stretching 2.8 m (9.5 ft) from wing to wing, and weighing about 8.5–10 kg (18–22 lbs).

What is the largest bird in Washington state? ›

Adult sandhill cranes are primarily gray in color and have a reddish cap. Subadults have a pale rust-colored head and neck; their body is gray, overlaid with a mottled rust-color. Adults are about 3½ feet in length, and their wingspan is a little over 6 feet across.

Are there Nightjars in Washington state? ›

The common nighthawk is Western Washington's only member of the nightjar family, a genus comprised of 89 species worldwide, nine of which reside in North America.

Why do geese honk at night? ›

Geese are very noisy at night, but they have very good reasons to be. What is this? Geese honk at night to keep their flock together, to defend their territory from other geese (especially around breeding/nesting season) and to scare off predators like foxes.

How smart are Canadian geese? ›

The goose is one of the most intelligent birds. It has a good memory and does not forget people, animals or situations easily which is what makes it such a good watch animal against intruders whether human or animal.

Why would a goose be alone? ›

Geese are super social and are rarely found alone of their own volition. Instead, when you find a goose by themselves it usually means they have lost their mate, or have become separated from their flock due to illness or injury.

What happens if you shoot a Canadian geese? ›

A person convicted of a misdemeanor under the MBTA can be fined and/or sentenced to up to six months in jail. A person convicted of a felony can be fined and/or sentenced to up to two years in jail.

Can I shoot Canada geese on my land? ›

It is not illegal under The Wildlife and Countryside Act to shoot Canada geese with an air rifle or either rimfire/centrefire rifles.

Can you eat Canada geese eggs? ›

Goose eggs are safe to eat. However, according to the National Goose Council, most people find the flavor of goose eggs much stronger than hen or duck eggs, so they are not eggs of choice for consumption.

Why are Canadian geese still protected? ›

Canada geese are federally protected by the Act because they are listed as migratory birds in all four treaties. Because Canada geese are covered by all four treaties, regulations must meet the requirements of the most restrictive of the four. For Canada geese, this is the treaty with Canada.

What is the season for Canada geese? ›

Canada geese can be seen all year round. In winter, occasional birds of small races are seen with other wild geese species in N Ireland and W Scotland, and may be vagrant wild birds.

Is it legal to shoot pink footed geese? ›

They have a distinctive white chin strap. Greylag, pink-footed and Canada geese are quarry species, and can be shot during the open season. During the close season, a licence must be sought from SNH (see section 3).

How do I permanently get rid of Canadian geese? ›

  1. STEP 1: Add a predator decoy. Coyotes are a natural predator for geese. ...
  2. STEP 2: Set up a motion-activated sprinkler. Setting up a motion-activated sprinkler is another solution to consider when you need to get rid of a group of geese. ...
  3. STEP 3: Let your lawn grow. ...
  4. STEP 4: DIY a very loud noisemaker. ...
  5. STEP 5: Adopt a dog.
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What sound scares geese away? ›

As brazen as they may be, geese hate loud sounds or those that disrupt their usually quiet environment. To repel them, train your dog to bark and chase away geese. You can also mimic geese predator noises such as hawks and coyotes to frighten geese from the area.

Do geese bite? ›

Can geese actually hurt you? Humans are very rarely attacked by geese, but it does happen. They're very territorial animals and can certainly cause injury if they do decide to attack you. Geese may bite or hit you with their exceptionally strong wings and can occasionally cause a serious injury.

How do you make geese go away? ›

Set Up Decoys

Certain decoys such as a plastic dead goose or fake alligator heads can scare geese away. Swivels are also a good option as they appear more lifelike. Keep in mind that geese will get used to these decoys over time, but they are a quick way to frighten geese who have recently appeared in your yard.

What smell do geese hate? ›

What Smell Do Geese Hate? Geese hate the smell of methyl anthranilate more than anything else. Methyl anthranilate is a chemical that naturally occurs in grape juice and is often used as an artificial grape flavoring. Methyl anthranilate is the scent that irritates geese the most.

Does grape Kool Aid repel geese? ›

To make geese repellent at home, you can use some grape kool-aid mix in the same way. Geese do not like the taste of this and if you sprinkle or spray it in areas they are gathering, it should deter them. To be effective, this must be applied to grassy areas or areas where they are grazing.

Is goose poop good for grass? ›

Goose Poop as Fertilizer

Goose droppings makes wonderful, nutrient-rich fertilizer. The droppings contain lots of carbon, as well as nitrogen andphosphorus when dried, giving them a fertilizer value of close to 2-4-2, which makes it a very good-quality fertilizer for vegetable gardens.

What is the best goose deterrent? ›

Flags, eyespot balloons and Mylar tape. Floating alligator heads and dead goose decoys. Fake owls and snakes, scarecrows or other effigies, especially ones that don't move. Coyote and other canine effigies or cutouts, with one possible exception.

Is geese poop toxic? ›

In most cases, geese excrement cannot cause bodily harm to people unless it's inhaled or ingested. Children are more at risk for accidental ingestion of Canada geese feces since they usually play directly on the beach.

What does grape Kool-Aid do to geese? ›

ReJeX-iT is typically a successful repellent that has methyl anthranilate, which is an artificial flavoring used in grape bubble gum, grape popsicles, and grape Kool-Aid, that does not harm the geese, but they find it repulsive.

How much grape Kool-Aid keeps geese away? ›

5 packs of no sugar added grape Kool-Aid added to 1 gallon of water is the recipe for success. This solution can be sprayed on lawns and driveways, etc. and the grape flavoring component is Very unsavory to birds.

Will goose poop hurt my dog? ›

E. coli is a type bacteria found in goose poop. These can cause vomiting and diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps after a dog eats it. There is a risk of toxin and infection when dogs eat goose poop.

What preys on Canada goose? ›

Canada geese have many natural predators. Raccoons, skunks, foxes, crows, and snakes prey on their eggs; snapping turtles, foxes, bobcats, hawks, coyotes, and raccoons prey on goslings; and coyotes, bobcats, and people prey on the adults. Geese generally start breeding at three years of age.

Can I shoot a Canada goose? ›

Federal law protects Canada geese and nearly all bird species in the U.S. However, that only means people cannot harm birds without U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) permission. USFWS frequently gives permission to kill Canada geese in urban and suburban areas.

Do racoons eat geese? ›

Geese are regularly preyed upon by ground mammals like foxes or raccoons, birds of prey including eagles and hawks, reptiles like snakes, and even some water-based reptiles or fish.

What are Canada geese afraid of? ›

A number of scaring techniques, some of which require a permit from Environment Canada, can be used to deter geese.
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7.1. 3 Scaring/Hazing
  • Propane cannons. ...
  • Air horns or sirens. ...
  • Strobe lights/lasers. ...
  • Distress tapes. ...
  • Flagging tape and streamers. ...
  • Balloons and kites. ...
  • Scarecrows. ...
  • Flags.
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What can I put on my lawn to keep geese away? ›

You can treat your grass with a repellent, a chemical such as Methyl-anthranilate, which makes the grass taste awful to birds. If you have a pond on your property where geese tend to gather and you have people coming over, tell them to avoid feeding them, especially human food.

What sound scares geese away? ›

As brazen as they may be, geese hate loud sounds or those that disrupt their usually quiet environment. To repel them, train your dog to bark and chase away geese. You can also mimic geese predator noises such as hawks and coyotes to frighten geese from the area.

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