April 14, 2013

DEC offers options for landowners with overabundant geese

Local-nesting or “resident” geese have become year-round inhabitants of parks, ball fields, waterways, farms, residential areas and golf courses, where they can cause problems. The state Department of Environmental Conservation has information available on its website on how to cope with nuisance geese.

According to a press release, several options are available to alleviate damage and nuisance caused by resident Canada geese during the spring and summer months. DEC issued a General Depredation Permit (GDP) that allows the disturbance or removal of adult or juvenile Canada geese or their nests or eggs under certain situations and conditions without having to apply for individual state and federal permits.

Geese should be chased away from an area as soon as they arrive in the spring and persistently chased until they permanently leave the area. Once geese start nesting in mid-March to mid-May, they will be less likely to leave the area. Assuring no birds are physically harmed, anyone may scare or chase geese without a special permit. If doing so within three miles of an airport, it is required that the airport manager be contacted at least 72 hours in advance so they can be on the lookout for any flocks that may be dispersed in the direction of the airport.


To prevent successful goose nesting, “egg-addling” may be conducted in any area of New York state.

Egg-addling involves the technique of treating goose eggs to prevent hatching, either by puncturing the eggs or coating them with 100 percent corn oil. After registering on-line at (link in the right column), one may oil or puncture any number of nests or eggs of Canada geese from property they own, manage or have property owner permission to perform egg-addling activities on.

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