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Got Resident Geese?

Posted: March 31, 2015

Resident Canada Geese as you know are destructive to crops as well as public, commercial and residential property. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a program that authorizes landowners and local governments who register with the Service to treat resident Canada goose nests and eggs on property under their jurisdiction when necessary to resolve or prevent injury to people, property, agricultural crops, or other interests.

What are Resident Canada Geese?
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) identifies “resident Canada geese” as those nesting within the lower 48 States and the District of Columbia in the months of March, April, May, or June, or residing within the lower 48 States and the District of Columbia in the months of April, May, June, July, or August.

What is a Depredation Order?
A depredation order provides regulatory authorization under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) to conduct specific migratory bird depredation management activities without the need for individual Federal permits. The resident Canada goose nest and egg depredation order, issued on August 10, 2006, is codified in Title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 21, section 21.50 (50 CFR 21.50). The MBTA is administered by the Service.

What does the Resident Canada Goose Nest and Egg Depredation Order allow?
The resident Canada goose nest and egg depredation order authorizes landowners and local governments who register with the Service to destroy resident Canada goose nests and eggs on property under their jurisdiction when necessary to resolve or prevent injury to people, property, agricultural crops, or other interests. The order does not authorize the killing of any migratory bird species or destruction of any nests or eggs other than those of resident Canada geese.

To learn more and to register visit the US Fish and Wildlife Service website.

Contact Information

Andrew Frankenfield
  • Extension Educator, Agronomy
Email:
Phone: 610-489-4315