Canada geese can physically harm you, they can carry disease, they can destroy your property, and their poop can destroy an entire water system if there is too much! Prevention methods such as using a Goosinator or hiring a professional wildlife specialist to humanely treat the geese are your best options against the damage detailed below.
One of the biggest problems with Canada geese is that they are large and quite intimidating birds that also have the potential to put a lot of power behind a powerful snap. They’re not a bird that you would want to get too close to, especially when the creature is in a bad mood. There are certain times of the year that are known to make them much grumpier than they would otherwise be, and these are pretty generic for most wild animal species. They all tend to get aggressive when they are hungry, such as towards the end of winter, as well as when they have young to rear and protect. This is usually during the warmer months — spring into summer. During these times, food can be scarce and the goose really will go to any lengths in order to feed themselves and their families. Geese have learned to associate humans with food, which is also the same across many wild animal species, and this is what leads them right to your door.
Alongside being rather aggressive animals, Canada geese also come with a number of diseases. This is often the very last thing on the property owner’s mind when coming up against geese, but there are still risks that must be taken seriously. Most waterfowl species can carry and transmit fungal infections, viral infections, bacterial infections, and even parasites. Diseases spread easily and faster when you have a large number of birds in one area, so coming up against a gaggle of geese puts you at a higher risk. The more geese there are, the higher the chance that at least one of them will be carrying something, and if that one is carrying something, it won't be long before the rest of them are.
Avian cholera is a disease that can affect Canada geese, as well as crows, gulls, coots, and ducks. The disease is a very fast-acting one, and very contagious too, spreading quickly. When large numbers of birds die, the carcasses must be collected and disposed of quickly and carefully, ensuring that no further infection takes place, and that the bacteria isn’t allowed to build over time. This can have a very detrimental effect on the health of waterways, should enough of the animals become infected.
Alongside physical harm and disease, Canada geese are very destructive creatures to your personal property. Because they congregate together in quite large numbers, they can absolutely devour grasses and other plant matter. It is not unknown for these birds to leave “bald” spots in their wake, and that’s before you look into the idea of the geese trampling over everything. The plants they don’t eat are destroyed by their weight.
All that food needs to go somewhere, right? It does. The average Canada goose is said to make somewhere in the region of one to two pounds of waste every day, and if that bird is on your land, that poop is on your land too. This is not only unsightly, smelly, and, if we’re being totally honest, absolutely disgusting, there are further disease concerns to think about when handling it. You can’t just leave it there. It will need to be cleaned up. Bacteria doesn't take long to grow and flourish in the feces of waterfowl, and if there is enough feces, and it’s left there to sit for long enough, not cleared away, it has the potential to contaminate the entire waterway. This can make other animals, as well as other birds, rather sick, and may also require specific treatment measures to bring the body of water back to normal.
Finally, we bring you to something that you probably wouldn’t even have thought about before. How close do you live to an airport? Did you know that it is estimated to be somewhere in the region of 230 to 250 collisions between geese and aircraft every year? That’s a figure released by the FAA — Federal Aviation Administration, and it was also reported that Canada geese are responsible for as much as 35% of all aircraft-bird collisions.
We all have a little bit of the responsibility to bear when it comes to keeping Canada geese at bay. Moving an animal along to your next door neighbor isn't a good idea, and your methods will work better when everyone in the local area works together. If you know you have a few Canada geese roaming around, let your neighbors know. Be a good neighbor. Together, by protecting the edges of waterways with use of a Goosinator, you could remove a Canada goose problem from all of your properties entirely. And, to top things off, no lethal force would be necessary at all!
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