Goose Management








Q: Our HOA / business would like to humanely control goose numbers on our property. What can we do?

Person addling eggs

A: Please leave your name, telephone number with area code, and a message with your concern on our voicemail. A Friend of Geese volunteer will return your call and explain options, such as humane egg addling to manage the population. Friends of Geese can provide training for you or discuss other options.

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Q: Are there ways I can change the natural habitat to discourage geese from my property? 

Tall pond grass

A: Landscape modification is the number one way to lessen geese attraction to your property. Their first preference is Kentucky bluegrass, they dislike tall naturalized areas around water. They especially dislike fescue, particularly varieties that contain endophytic fungus. Unpalatable ground covers such as: common periwinkle, Japanese pachysandra, and English Ivy help discourage geese to stay off a property. Plant bushes, hedges, or shrubs to make the area appear unsafe to the geese. Canada Geese tend to avoid areas where predators are able to hide. There are many landscape professionals that now specialize in this kind of preventative landscape design. Geese want a gentle slope of short grass to access water. Planting tall water-loving plants along the shoreline or creating drop-offs using stone makes your property less appealing to geese.

Find more about Habitat Modification for Canada Geese.

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Q: We have a goose poop problem over large areas of ground. Is there a way to deal with it?

A: We discovered a product called Tow and Collect. These machines are easy to tow, using a standard ball and hitch coupling. It collects goose feces which can then be composted for its rich nutrient value if desired.

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Q: If I have discovered a nest on my property where there is human traffic.

A: Goose deterrent fencing can temporarily be placed between the nesting area and the pedestrian walkway to give the geese a sense of security and prevent confrontation with the gander who is simply trying to protect his nest.

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 Q: Where do I get a permit to addle eggs on my property?

A: You can apply with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for a permit. Please contact:

Urban Waterfowl Program Manager
2050 W. Stearns Rd.
Bartlett, IL 60103
Press 1 for DNR, ext 32031

3430 Constitution Drive
Suite 121
Springfield, IL 62711
217-241-6700 (office)

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Training for addling eggs

sign-up in the Contact Us section

Person using a shield for egg addling
Egg addling with shield

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Border Collie and trainers

2 Border Collies

Humane Goose Management
Salty Dog Group
Capt. Rib Bolten
(314) 302-8779 Cell/Text

See the border collies in action.

Randy (303) 916-1676

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Join animal rights communities:

Humane Society of the United States

Goose Resource Page

Friends of the Earth
1101 15th Street NW , 11th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 783-7400
FotE News

The Nature Conservancy Illinois
400 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite S1100
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 580-2100

Natural Resources Defense Council
North Wacker Drive, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 651-7900

In Defense of Animals

National Goose Protection Coalition
Contact: Lisa Levinson (215) 620-2130
Activist Support Line: (800) 705-0425

Prairie Rivers Network
1605 South State Street, Suite 1
Champaign, IL, 61820
(217) 344-2371

The Environmental Defense Fund
1116 South Walton Blvd, Ste 167
Bentonville, Arkansas 72712
Phone: (479) 845-3812
Media contact: Karley Kranich
(202) 572-3368 (office)
Email Karley

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