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Auburn, CA  95603

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Geese and Bird Control Hazing outside of Sacramento

San Francisco Bay Area: Losee’s Goose Control (510) 750-6692 & 4PawsGooseControl (510) 278-4189

California Central Valley & Southern Sacramento County: Golden State Goose Control (209) 781-5768

Southern California: Border Collie Bird Patrol (949) 204-7190

St. Louis, Missouri:  Humane Goose Management (314) 302-8779

Northeast Ohio - greater metropolitan Cleveland (Lake, Cuyahoga and Geauga counties):  Wild Geese Control (440) 679-8828

Hudson Valley - New York (Rockland, Bergen, Orange & Westchester County): Hudson Valley Wild Goose Chasers (845) 353-3060

Central Chesapeake Bay, Maryland:  Maryland Goose Patrol (443) 370-3542

Information on Geese and Harassment with Border Collies

Note:  Seasonal references in the following web page and article links tend to apply to the climate of the mid-west and eastern United States. Some adjustment for seasonal conditions of the western United States may be required, particularly for the lower elevations of Northern California. summarizes use of dogs for goose control.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)  Humane Goose Control Solutions:  A Guide to Integrated Management Programs. See Hazing and Harassment section, Page 13 for use of Border Collies in hazing solution.  

GeesePeace — an organization dedicated to building better communities through innovative, effective and humane solutions to wildlife conflict. See their Site Aversion web page for integrated goose control strategies, including use of Border Collies as a hazing solution.

Armed Forces Pest Management Article  synopsis of using Border Collies for goose control.

Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Canada Goose Egg Addling Protocol (Jan. 2009).

Border Collie Links

The Dog & Whistle provides Border Collie rescue and foster care through the non-profit organization Northern California Border Collie Rescue & Adoptions. To see the many available and deserving Border Collies available for adoption please visit their web site.

On-line Border Collie related gifts and training supply store:  Border Collies in Action  

     Regulatory Overview & Links

Federal and state regulations for the control of Canada geese are derived from the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Federal regulations are established by the United States Fish & Wildlife Service (the Service). California state regulations are administered by the Department of Fish & Game.  All Canada geese, migratory and resident, are federally and state protected and require permits for the “taking” (gathering & relocation or killing) of these birds, including their nests and eggs.

Regulations stipulate “all control activities, except those intended to either scare geese out of, or preclude them from using, a specific area, such as harassment, habitat management, or repellents, require a Federal permit issued by the Service.”   Thus, the harassment work performed by Dog & Whistle Goose Control does not require Federal or State permitting.

In 2009, USFWS implemented an Internet registration for federal permitting for resident Canada geese nest and egg destruction. Most California property owners, including those in the Sacramento area, also need a state permit to destroy Canada geese nests and eggs. See California Department of Fish & Game below.

United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) links:

Division of Migratory Bird Management

Digest of Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918

Resident Geese Management Q & A

2006 regulations for managing resident Canada goose populations

2007 amendment

Internet federal nest and egg destruction registration

Pacific Flyway Council Migratory Bird Management - an advisory body to the USFWS for the western United States.

California Department of Fish and Game   California state regulations for the control of Canada geese generally follow Federal regulations. State permits are typically required where Federal permits are required.

One notable, limited exception is in the destruction of nuisance Canada geese nests and eggs. There are 18 California counties for which state permits are not required. They are the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties, each successive coastal county south to San Diego and San Benito County.

State permits to destroy nuisance Canada Geese nests and eggs are required in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, Nevada and Yolo counties. See California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 503, Crop Damage and Nuisance Canada Geese.  

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