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Goose Management Program Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you bothering the Geese?
We have been hired by your management company to help with the problems associated with the overpopulation of Canada Geese.

What will happen if we leave the geese alone?
Geese are responsible for significant landscape damage, and can cause a major financial impact to property owners. The droppings are unsightly, and there is evidence that the bacteria can be harmful to water supplies, and unhealthy for humans. The Geese can become aggressive during the nesting and hatching season, and may expose property owners to civil litigation. The overpopulation of Geese has caused many jurisdictions to allow large scale “roundups” and euthanasia.

Will the techniques frighten the Geese?
Yes. The goal of a hazing program is to imprint fear of certain areas in the Geese.

I have heard that the Geese are protected, is this true?
Yes. Canada Geese are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, and are ultimately regulated by The U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service. The Migratory bird act governs what measures can and cannot be used to control the population. Any work performed by Geese Partners will conform to all of the rules under the treaty, and protocols set forth by The MSPCA and other animal advocacy groups.

If the birds are migratory, why are they here all year long?
There are two types of Geese in Massachusetts, resident and migratory. Resident Geese were released in the early 1920s from decoy flocks, and have never migrated. Resident Geese number over one million in the eastern states alone, and are increasing at 14% per annum. Resident Geese are usually responsible for the majority of complaints.

Can I help with the program?
The program should be administered and conducted only by trained professionals. You can however assist by insuring that you do not feed the geese.

You are working on the site, but I still see Geese, why?
In some cases, the Geese have been imprinted to an area for several years. In these areas, it may take many months, or even years to make a significant impact on the population.

Who can I contact if I need more information?
Contact us:
mv@geesepartners.com