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How To Protect Canada Geese On Private Property

By Debra Mucci


Photo by Anne Muller

More and more people are becoming interested in wildlife watching.  Seeing the beauty of God’s creatures living their lives as they were intended to, right before our very eyes, can be fascinating and a wonder to behold.  Nature as God intended is beautiful!

Unfortunately, not everyone appreciates the beauty of nature.  Some people want to control nature, and they become angry when nature carries on without their approval.  They do not see anything but reasons to be upset when wild animals have the “nerve” to live their lives, occasionally encroaching on their property without their permission.  

These people can be dangerous!  They will do anything to stop wildlife from behaving naturally in their midst.  They demand that life be lived their way or not at all.  Their way usually involves either hurting or taking the lives of creatures who get in their way and are bothering them. 

I  believe that all of God’s creatures have a right to live their lives as God intended.  And, if anyone does not like wildlife living on their property, perhaps they should not have purchased that particular property.  Perhaps these people would be better off in a high-rise apartment building, or as far away from wildlife as possible.  Why these people actually buy a place on a lake, and then complain when wildlife visits the lake, is beyond my comprehension.  It is a mystery to me. 

The following is a list of ways to protect Canada geese on private property:

1. Beware of people that get upset about geese on the property. Watch to see how they behave near the geese.

2. If you are living in a multi-unit property, report any abuse of the geese to the management company in writing, right after you have reported it to the police.   You may even want to send a copy of the police report with your letter to property management.

3. Do not argue with other home owners, as it will become a case of you against them.  

4. Carry a camera with you at all times and take pictures of any abuse taking place.  Keep these pictures as they can be used as evidence against the abusers. 

5. Do not feed the geese, as they will come back again and again which will annoy property owners, causing some of them to take their anger out on the geese or their goslings; which they may do any way, but it is wise not to give them an added reason. 

6. Have wildlife experts come to the property to suggest ways to coexist with the geese.  For example, Wildlife Watch, Geese Peace, etc.  These organizations will usually come out and speak to property owners and/or property management at no cost, suggesting humane ways to coexist with the geese.   Attempting to get rid of the geese in any way will not work unless the geese want to leave.

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Debra Mucci is a resident of a condominium complex in Dutchess County, NY.

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