POLL: Should “year-round” Canada goose “management” be allowed?

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The has proposed a rule that would allow it to permit the destruction of resident () eggs and nests for population control at any time of year.

Currently, the Service can issue permits to destroy eggs and nests between March 1 and June 30 to “reduce, manage, and control resident Canada goose populations in the continental United States and to reduce related damages.”

In a 2005 environmental impact statement, the USFWS determined growing goose populations result in increased conflicts with people and cause personal and public property damage. The resulting depredation and control orders authorize the USFWS to destroy goose eggs and nests within the 4-month period.

New research shows that safety from hunters, rather than abundant food, is what draws Canada geese to cities such as Chicago. Photo by M. Horath

Some resident geese, however, have been establishing nests in February, especially in the southern United States. “It seems likely that in the future nest initiation dates will begin earlier,” USFWS officials say, and propose allowing depredation activities throughout the year.

The Canada goose is managed under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which authorizes the use of permits for specific depredation management activities.

This article was  first published by The Wildlife Society on 02 May 2018.

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John J. Bourke

Even when they have young. Ffs what have we come to?



Tonia Vassila

My adorable feather creature


These government agencies have their fingers in everything. FWS, and all other useless, bloated, government bureaus, agencies, rulers and regulators. Back off and out or the people who actually care will revolt. I could write a lot more…but I wont. I make a difference by voting all the chumps out.

M Leybra
M Leybra

“The U.S. F&W Service has proposed a rule that would allow it to permit the destruction of resident Canada goose eggs & nests for population control … to “reduce, manage, and control resident Canada goose populations… and to reduce related damages.” The usual continued focus of the human species continuously focused on controlling the population of every animal on the planet while remaining aloof to the fact of their own species being the single one on earth breeding calamitously out of control on a finite planet. Even more ironic that the current U.S. Administration is currently proposing upgrading anti-abortion laws.… Read more »


Well said [written] M. Leybra. I concur with most if not all of your commentary. More people should share your viewpoints. People need to be more vociferous pro-active with government rules and regulations. The government and its many government agencies, and bureaus will ultimately be the demise of all natural resources, structures, national parks and wildlife, etc. Dump that Pruitt SOB. Keep up the good work. Bravo!

george mira

OK, out along the Pacific flyway well over a decade and a half ago, The Wolf and I saw the slow return of the Aleutian (canada subspecies – I haven’t checked the genetic differences and perhaps there is little to none except in that they nest further west on islands you may guess) Geese. As soon as the skies began to fill with numbers beginning to look like reports of the early 19th century , state and federal wildlife agencies opened draconian seasons of death, refusing to give the ancient natives a moment of relief when they came south for… Read more »

Annick Baud
Annick Baud

Thank you, Makuye, for what you wrote. I stand behind every single of your words.