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CANADA GEESE DAMAGE MANAGEMENT

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Issues with Canada Geese

Overabundant Canada geese
Flock of geese on water. Photo: Dr. Gordon E. Robertson
Rising Population. Canada geese (Branta canadensis) are a modern success story for wildlife management. At one time, numbers of Canada geese were in serious decline. However, the actions of various wildlife agencies have brought their numbers in North America to an estimated 5,600,600 (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2009).  

Failure to Migrate. Approximately 3.2 million Canada geese become permanent residents in a specific area in the United States (USFWS 2010). Canada geese are normally migratory birds, but when they stop their migratory pattern and take up permanent residence in an area, the environment changes simply due to the large number of birds. “Most resident Canada geese live in mild climates with relatively stable breeding habitat conditions,” (USFWS 2010) which contributes to the increase of residential Canada geese in the United States. Another issue that compounds the problem of resident Canada geese is the fact that many of these geese take up habitation in urban areas so virtually no predators exist to maintain a balance of the geese in these areas (USFWS 2010).

Canada goose track. Photo by Stephen M. Vantassel

Recommended Citation

Canada Goose Management Website. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NRES 348 Wildlife Damage Management class, Spring Semester, 2010. Scott Hygnstrom, Instructor; Stephen Vantassel, Webmaster. http://icwdm.org/handbook/Birds/CanadadGeese/Default.aspx

Picture (left) is a Canada goose track. Photo: Stephen M. Vantassel

   
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