Canada Geese Handling

Identification | Biology | Damage ID | Management | Handling



Relocation of geese is not effective except in rescue situations.  


Geese that are translocated short distances (less than 50 miles) may return when they are able to fly. Adult geese are most likely to return, whereas goslings moved without their parents often join a local flock and remain in the area of release. Some geese that are translocated return to the location of capture by the following summer. Many wildlife professionals are concerned that translocating wildlife increases the risk of spreading diseases to wildlife in other areas.


Federal permits are required to kill Canada geese. Geese are easily euthanized with carbon dioxide. Geese also may be euthanized by cervical dislocation, whic requires training, strength, and skill.


Check state regulations regarding disposal of carcasses.