Geese complaints peak this time of year, so how do you fight back?

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Friday, June 28, 2019
News 12 at 6 O'Clock/NBC at 7

(WRDW/WAGT) -- Canadian Geese can live just about anywhere, but a lot of times they end up right here in our neighborhoods. And that can mean big headaches for landowners.

We all know geese are annoying and mean birds. And the complaints about geese seem to peak this time of year.

Randall Hayes has to deal with geese daily at his apartment complex.

"They tend to try and chase after my dog and me," Hayes said. "And you know they leave a mess around here you know with droppings and stuff like that. You know it smells pretty bad."

Geese are molting this time of year, which means they are shedding their flight feathers and growing new ones. This means they are grounded and unable to fly during this transition.

There are a number of different ways that you can use to get rid of geese. One is old fashioned harassment. You can make noise, use balloons, wire or string barriers, and even chemical repellents.

These may not always work during the molting season because geese are unable to fly.

“I would think that they would have someone come out here and try to relocate them or something because I counted like 34 of them yesterday out here," Hayes said.

The birds are federally protected, so you cannot kill them out of season. If you would like to get rid of the geese population on your land you can reach out to your local game management office to get a permit.

To learn more about obtaining a permit in Georgia, contact the East Central Region Game Management Office at 706-595-4222. They are based out of Thomson at 142 Bob Kirk Road and service most of our Georgia counties in the CSRA.

For a full list of management techniques for Canadian Geese, click here: How to deal with Canadian Geese 

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