Known for flying in distinct "V" formations across North American skies, Canada geese have become quite the pest species across the world. The water fowl feeds on grass shoots, aquatic vegetation, and various grains, which leads to frequent interaction with humans. Breeding in spring months, geese populations grow quickly as each pairing can lay between two and 10 eggs each year. Canada geese live an average of 12 years in the wild and are found in numerous habitats.
Canada geese are distinguishable from other waterfowl due to their long black necks and the conspicuous white markings on their cheeks and chins. They are typically brown to gray in color on top while their undersides are white or cream in appearance. Both their feet and bills are black. Males are slightly bigger, but both sexes can weigh up to 24 pounds and range in length from 2 to 3 feet. The bird's wingspan may reach up to 6 feet.
Native to North America, the goose is now found in far corners of the world like Korea and Australia. Canada geese live in fields near sources of water, such as ponds, marshes, lakes, and rivers. The bird is hardy and can even withstand climates at high elevations and live as far north as the Arctic. Canada geese are also found in suburban areas, as well-manicured lawns are ideal grazing and nesting sites.
Are Canada geese known to enter homes or yards?
Canada geese do not typically enter homes, though they will nest and graze nearby. Geese especially enjoy nesting near humans when people feed them directly. Farms, for example, are a favored place for nesting, as Canada geese readily graze on farmland and in agricultural fields.
Do Canada geese harm people or property?
As the goose tends to populate the same areas as human beings, problems arise. Geese are grazers and cause damage to various crops, landscapes, gardens, and vegetation. Fecal matter contaminates the area around bodies of water, as well as causes harm to indigenous animal populations. Bacteria in the feces pose significant health risks by contributing to the spread of disease. Geese fed by humans may lose their natural fear of people, which causes them to become territorial and attack adults, children, and even pets.
Control and Safety
Geese are federally protected and may only be trapped by properly-permitted individuals.
Habitat modification typically is the best way to control Canada geese and keep areas safe. Banning people from feeding the birds helps reduce populations, as fed geese tend to become permanent residents. Canada geese stay away from tall grasses that may hide predators, so creating barriers of natural vegetation and building fences around bodies of water can be effective. Certain harassment methods work, as well, including trained dogs, lasers, and motion sensors.
Trapping and Removal
As certified wildlife specialists, Critter Control technicians possess the experience and tools necessary to get rid of Canada geese problems. Our professionals practice humane removal techniques in order to catch and release these problematic birds.
We can help you get rid of goose problems. Call today: 1.800.274.8837.