Edward C. Cleary
Assistant State Director
Sandusky, Ohio 44870
Fig. 1. Geese, ducks, and other waterfowl may damage crops by
feeding in fields.
Damage Prevention and Control Methods
Vertically straighten pond banks.
Allow ponds to freeze in winter.
Eliminate vegetation (nesting/escape
cover) in and around ponds.
Reduce or eliminate fertilizer use
Install fence around ponds, gardens,
Install overhead grids or netting on
ponds, reservoirs, and fish raceways.
Change the timing of planting and
harvesting of vulnerable crops.
Produce winter grains instead of
Use grain dryers to allow earlier
harvest of high-moisture grain.
Plant crops uniformly in spring.
Delay fall plowing as long as possible.
Use less-preferred plant species in
parks, cemeteries, and lawns.
Plant trees and shrubs to block flight
Provide lure crops.
Water spray devices.
Recorded distress calls.
Walk-in funnel trap.
None are currently registered. (Editor's note: Methyl anthrnaliate and
anthriquonone are available).
None are registered.
Decoy traps may be useful around
orchards or livestock facilities.
Proper care for trap and decoy
birds is necessary.
Hunting is the preferred method of
reducing localized populations,
where safe and legal. Hunting has a
strong repellent effect.
Killing under special permit is advised
only in extreme situations.
Destruction of nests and eggs helps to
slow down local population
Scott E. Hygnstrom;
Robert M. Timm;
Gary E. Larson
PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF WILDLIFE DAMAGE — 1994
Cooperative Extension Division Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources University of Nebraska -Lincoln
United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Animal Damage Control
Great Plains Agricultural Council Wildlife Committee