Keeping Wildlife Wild - Minimizing Goose Overpopulation
Steps to Minimize Canada Goose Overpopulation:
The overabundance of resident Canada Geese did not happen overnight and reducing their population is a multi-step process. Here's what we're doing to help:
• Habitat Modification
• Public Education
• Fence Barriers
• ODNR Permitted Controls
By mowing less and allowing taller grass to establish along shorelines, geese do not feel as welcome. Taller grass impedes a goose’s ability to exit the water.
Most people are unaware of the damaging effects of feeding wildlife. Watershed Rangers and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife can provide information to help people understand why they should not feed wild animals.
Posting of “No Feeding” signs in key spots will address the most problematic areas where feeding usually occurs.
Some areas of the park have been so decimated by the geese it is necessary to fence them off to allow vegetation to regrow.
ODNR Permitted Habitat Control
Working under a permit from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, authorized personnel can use non-lethal scare tactics and biological controls, which do not harm the geese.
For more information on the negative effects of feeding waterfowl, contact the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife at (614)644-3925.
KEEPING WILDLIFE WILD - DO NOT FEED
Though they may be irresistibly cute, do NOT feed the wildlife. Wild animals are well adapted at finding food and surviving on their own. Furthermore, feeding them actually causes numerous problems. - learn more