Handling Fowl Birds

Finally I contacted my local county extension agent who gave me a contact with the state agricultural department, which had a staff that focused on humanely ridding places of geese. They would become my new best friends. For a fee of about $1,200 these professionals, led by a professor with a PhD, came in and showed us how it’s done.

Plan Of Action

We learned that Canada geese shed feathers in late May and through June, and cannot fly during that time. It was the perfect time to capture them, clip their wings, tag them, crate them and haul them away to various game preserves around the state to be released into a safe environment, away from people.

So it was then that I found myself with the recreation maintenance crew in our premiere city park, setting up a “goose chute” that led to a makeshift wire corral. Then we half-led (with breadcrumbs), half-herded the birds into the corral, where the professor’s crew did the technical work. By the end of the day, more than 100 happily honking former-squatters were headed for happier hunting grounds and our parks were mostly free of aggressive Canada geese…at least for the time being.

Others would come. I think these geese have some sort of newsletter or maybe an e-mail distribution list, because word was out that there was free room and board in Peachtree City. By the next spring, we had a new flock forming.

Acknowledging that this was to be an annual battle, I budget a “goose control” line item in my budget and it remains today. Each year around April, we make a call to the agricultural department and schedule our annual goose roundup…yee haw!

I also found that there is an organization call “Geese Peace” that will help communities reduce the goose population through several humane methods. I haven’t gone that route yet…maybe some day. If you’re having goose problems go to www.geesepeace.org and learn more about weapons in the modern counter-goose insurgency arsenal.

If anyone has had this problem and has discovered innovative, and humane, methods of combating it drop a line to the magazine or me and share it with others. One team, one fight!

Randy Gaddo is Director of Parks, Recreation and Library Services in Peachtree City, Georgia and can be called at 770-631-2542 or email dls@peachtree-city.org

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