1431 Merry Knoll Road
Auburn, CA 95603
Serving greater Sacramento and neighboring Foothill communities
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Services & Page Links
Geese and Bird Control Hazing outside of Sacramento
California Central Valley & Southern Sacramento County: Golden State Goose Control (209) 781-
Southern California: Border Collie Bird Patrol (949) 204-
St. Louis, Missouri: Humane Goose Management (314) 302-
Northeast Ohio -
Hudson Valley -
Central Chesapeake Bay, Maryland: Maryland Goose Patrol (443) 370-
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-
Canadageese.org 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-
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:
Pacific Flyway Council Migratory Bird Management -
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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