What are “resident” Canada geese?

“Resident” Canada geese are just that, permanent residents to our area. These are geese that have never learned, or needed to learn, the habit of migration. These birds stem from geese re-introduced to the wild after they were nearly hunted to extinction. No one at the time understood that geese migration is a learned behavior, so these geese simply stayed put. Today we are left with a rapidly growing population of non-migratory geese that are more than content to live their lives out in our parks and on our lawns.

Why are resident Canada geese a problem?

If you’re searching for how to get rid of Canada geese, you probably already know the answer to this, poop! Canada geese produce a large amount of droppings each day, this quickly accumulates in fields, on sidewalks and in parking lots. It can pose a health hazard, and is generally unpleasant.

Large numbers of geese can also destroy playing fields, lawns, and other grassy areas with their grazing.

Why use trained border collies to scare Canada geese?

Border collies behavior is seen as threatening to geese and other wildlife. Border collies lower their heads, and “stalk” geese as if they were prey. By making multiple random visits, over time geese learn that your property is unsafe, encouraging them to move elsewhere.

What if I have bodies of water on my property?

When threatened, geese often retreat to the nearest body of water available. If this happens to be on your property, if safe, one of our trained dogs will pursue their “prey” into the water, continuing their chase, until the geese leave. In larger bodies of water, the use of a kayak may be needed to scare geese away.

What about streamers, decoys, lights, noisemakers?

Just about everyone tries these methods before they try a hazing service. They’re inexpensive, but unfortunately they’re also largely ineffective. Geese become used to these products very quickly.

How much does this cost?

Goose Patrol makes free on-site visits by request. A quote will be sent to you soon after, which takes into account the size and difficulty of working on the property, and the length of contract.