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The information presented below is from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection Division of Fish and Wildlife - 
Canada Goose Control Information

Information for Homeowners

Nest and egg treatment: Internet registration; March 1 - June 30

If you are a homeowner or property manager experiencing problems with Canada geese, you can obtain a free permit to destroy nests and/or treat eggs on your property. Simply register online with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) .

You must register prior to destroying nests or eggs. Considerable flexibility is allowed regarding who can do the nest and egg work on which types of properties; check the “Frequently Asked Questions” tab on this web site for further information. You can obtain detailed information on how to destroy nests and/or treat eggs on this web site by clicking on the “Management of Canada goose nesting” tab. In addition, a USDA Wildlife Services video on egg oiling of Canada goose nests is available at http://www.youtube.com/usdaaphis#p/a/u/0/2CLIL-381Lw .

Nests and eggs may only be taken between March 1 and June 30. You must return to the web site by October 31, to report the number of nests and eggs destroyed, even if none were destroyed that year.

Property Damage: Year-round

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) allows the use of federal depredation permits when Canada geese are causing damage.

Depredation permits allow for more aggressive control (i.e., capture/removal, shooting) of geese in damage situations. In addition, depredation permits allow for the management of Canada geese during seasons of the year when other populations (i.e., migrants) of Canada geese are present. However, before a depredation permit is issued, the applicant must demonstrate that nonlethal methods were previously attempted and will continue to be used along with the requested lethal methods. A permit application can be obtained from the Service at http://www.fws.gov/forms/3-200-13 . The US Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services, is also available for assistance with the permitting process by calling 908-735-5654.

 

 

Information for Farmers

Farmers and their employees, who are actively farming may control geese by destroying nests and/or eggs and through other nonlethal wildlife damage management strategies.

Permits are also available to farmers for lethal control of geese when they are causing damage to agricultural crops. Nest and egg treatment: Internet registration; March 1 - June 30. Farmers experiencing problems with Canada geese can obtain a free permit to destroy nests and/or treat eggs on their property. Simply register online with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) . You must register prior to destroying nests or eggs. Considerable flexibility is allowed regarding who can do the nest and egg work on which types of properties; check the “Frequently Asked Questions” tab on this web site for further information. You can obtain detailed information on how to destroy nests and/or treat eggs on this web site by clicking on the “Management of Canada goose nesting” tab. In addition, a USDA Wildlife Services video on egg oiling of Canada goose nests is available at  http://www.youtube.com/usdaaphis#p/a/u/0/2CLIL-381Lw . Nests and eggs may only be taken between March 1 and June 30. You must return to the web site by October 31, to report the number of nests and eggs destroyed, even if none were destroyed that year. 

Agricultural Depredation Order: State Permit; May 1 - August 31

The state Division of Fish and Wildlife may issue a free permit to farmers for the lethal control of geese between May 1 and August 31 when geese are causing damage to agricultural crops, and to prevent damage to agricultural crops. The permit must be obtained prior to implementing any control program. Contact Anthony McBride at  908-735-8793 or anthonymcbride@earthlink.net for more information.

Property Damage: Year-round

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) allows the use of federal depredation permits when Canada geese are causing damage. Depredation permits allow for more aggressive control (i.e., capture/removal, shooting) of geese in damage situations. In addition, depredation permits allow for the management of Canada geese during seasons of the year when other populations (i.e., migrants) of Canada geese are present. However, before a depredation permit is issued, the applicant must demonstrate that nonlethal methods were previously attempted and will continue to be used along with the requested lethal methods. A permit application can be obtained from the Service at http://www.fws.gov/forms/3-200-13. The US Department of Agriculture – Wildlife Services, is also available for assistance with the permitting process by calling 908-735- 5654.

Egg Oiling

Resources


Rutgers NJAES Fact Sheets: Canada Goose Management Series

NJ Farm Bureau

NJ Dept of Agriculture -  Controlling Canada Geese

USDA APHIS -  Managing Canada Goose Damage Fact Sheet

Management of Canada Goose Nesting