CANADA GEESE CONTROL SOLUTIONS FACTS

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  • Author Dan Frankian
  • Published July 9, 2022
  • Word count 589

By definition, Canada geese are not classified as pest birds and are afforded protection by Government agencies. Nonetheless, Canada Geese are one of the most recognizably large birds in southern Ontario, increasingly becoming the scourge of suburbia. Their numbers have grown in the past decade from only a few thousand to hundreds of thousands. The familiar V-shaped squadron of honking geese heading south is becoming a rare sight. Country Clubs and business parks offer pristinely manicured lawns and ponds, providing an ideal habitat and effectively modify their migration cycle. Geese are very opportunistic and readily exploit the 'easy living' conditions in urban environments. Hawkeye will provide you with the most effective solution to solve your goose control problem.

There are at least 10 or 11 subspecies of Canada geese, all similar in colour pattern, with a long black neck and head and large white cheek patches that meet under the throat. The bird's brown-gray body has a pale to dark breast and underparts, while the black tail has white upper and under tail coverts. The bill and feet are also black. The bird varies in size from 22 to 48 inches long and weighing in from 3 to 24 pounds.

Despite their ubiquitous presence, peaceful interactions between humans and geese are rare. Often, geese rip up grass lawns and leave feces everywhere. Not only is this unsightly, but goose feces has a high concentration of uric acid and can act as a corrosive agent, damaging buildings and machinery. Geese can also be aggressive and will attack people who unwittingly stray too close to their young. If you have unwanted geese on your property, Hawkeye will get rid of your goose problem permanently.

MOST COMMON SCENARIOS AND COMPLAINTS

Geese in golf courses and cemeteries

Some of the most common places for flocks of geese to congregate are golf courses and cemeteries. The neatly kept grass lawns are an attractant: geese feed on young shoots that grow especially well when the grass is regularly mowed. Both locations are also usually somewhat secluded and offer protection and distance from heavy human traffic. Finally, there is typically a water source nearby, such as ponds or water hazards, where geese can gain refuge from land predators. Unfortunately, humans also use these spaces, and conflicts with geese can be frightening and dangerous. These areas are also designed with aesthetics in mind, so the large amounts of feces left by flocks of geese are very unsightly.

traffic. Finally, there is typically a water source nearby, such as ponds or water hazards, where geese can gain refuge from land predators. Unfortunately, humans also use these spaces, and conflicts with geese can be frightening and dangerous. These areas are also designed with aesthetics in mind, so the large amounts of feces left by flocks of geese are very unsightly.

Geese in city parks

City parks often offer the same grass fields, relative seclusion, and water sources that golf courses and cemeteries do, but they provide additional challenges as well. As parks are public places, there is more human foot traffic and therefore more conflicts with geese. Bird control can be difficult in these situations, as city parks are a system of green spaces, and keeping geese out of one park may just move them to the next park over. This is especially true with parks on the waterfront, where geese can bounce from one area to another to avoid threats but never actually have to leave the system. Getting rid of geese in this situation requires a more concentrated effort where persistence is key.

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