Whether they are loved or hated, most Hoosiers are familiar with the Canada goose (Branta Canadensis) a bird that was once rare in Indiana, but is now plentiful. Some people enjoy the sight of the birds, while others are annoyed with the flocks that wonder the golf course leaving “surprises” for the bottom of a hole three visitor’s shoe. Golf courses and lake areas foster the perfect habitat for these geese with short fresh grass for them to graze on and a body of water, you’re likely to be sharing your day off at the golf course with their paradise home. But beyond their annoyance to golfers, boaters and picnickers, a concentration of too many geese in one area can cause harm to the landscape. Once geese start nesting in an area expect them back year after year.
With female’s laying one egg every day and a half rendering about five eggs, many goslings can be born in a flock. After they are born they do not fly for 70 days, with this, the landscape can be trampled and easily destroyed.
So, you can’t hunt in city limits, then how is the population controlled? Shannon Winks a DNR Urban Wildlife Biologist explained on the front porch of the DNR building that permits can be obtained at www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/ to either trap and relocate the geese or to take part in egg and nest destruction.
But not so fast, this is a personal landowner decision whether the geese are an anoyance or not and there are certain ways to go about properly performing population control for your safety.
For more information on this topic visit the DNR website at www.dnr.IN.gov.