Methods Of Goose Control Hamilton
Monday November 29 2010
Understanding that Canadian geese are a problem, for some. Factually they are a natural bird that belong in our environment. Control is wrong in this writers opinion
and using a species that was imported to our ecosystem has No affect with Canadian Geese, Mute swans busk with the geese, but never drive them off where they belong.
Mute swans and geese live side by side all year long . Biodiversity over control, I choose to leave nature alone. A heavy handed Control approach with our environment is wrong . This summer I watched as dogs, leased by the City to chase geese away from parks is noneffective and comical.After the pest control man and dog leave, the geese fly back, another waste of taxpayers money. Again there are to sides to every story, and I believe a small farm pond could be controlled by the more aggressive Mute swan., controversy over facts.
Methods Of Goose Control Hamilton
Canadian Geese are a nuisance across much of North America, where flocks of several hundred at a time may take up residence in public space and create major waste problems. While the Canada Goose is a welcome native species in North America, they have been naturalizing in parts of Europe where they are not native. In the United States where they have been protected for decades their numbers have boomed enormously, and can cause problems for businesses that rely on large areas of open turf as part of their business model. From golf courses, to retirement communities, Canadian Geese can cause major problems if their numbers are not modified, and controlled, and the pound of poop per day that they produce can be a public health hazard.
One method of natural Canadian Goose control aside from goose fencing, and population control, is to use larger birds to limit the number of mated pairs hanging around a property and creating more geese. Mute Swans are European, and Asian native birds that can be used to effectively control the nesting population of Canadian Geese. They are large, ornamental, and aggressive with other bird species once they have reached sexual maturity at 5-7 years of age. When they reach sexual maturity, if they are in a mated pair, care must be given around them once the mating season arrives since their aggression is not only limited to other animals. If you use a mated Mute Swan pair to control the population of nesting geese it is wise to let the human population know that the birds are unpredictable in their territory in early spring, once they begin to nest, and that they may chase after humans.
While there are other methods of goose control that can be used in tandem, or alone, Mute Swans are a reliable way to control a pond’s Canada Goose population around the clock. They may not eliminate every single pair of Canadian Geese, but they will keep the numbers of geese very small or completely nonexistent. Captive pairs for ornamental and private ownership can be purchase by reputable breeders, and should arrive in perfect health, with a veterinary certificate, and be pinioned, so they are incapable of leaving your property. It is important to speak to a breeder about the values of getting a pair of male and female, or whether getting two females or two males will work best for you. As with all domestic animals, Mute Swans must be cared for and looked after year round, and their population should be controlled on your property to prevent their offspring from breeding in the wild and interrupting the balance of the native eco-system. Always inquire with a breeder whether there is the possibility of having the animals sterilized before they are shipped to you, to prevent any clutches of eggs. Mute’s can live for upward of 50 years, and with yearly clutches ranging from 5-12 eggs per year, eliminating the viable eggs from a mated pair will be a long term commitment if they are not neutered.
Due to the invasive nature of Mute Swans in the wild, particularly around the Great Lakes, and the Chesapeake Bay, it is imperative that any goose control program involving Mute Swans be tempered with an equal program to control the population of the domestic Mute Swan as well. Whether it is in sterilizing the birds you already own, or committing to eliminate any eggs that they produce, laws across the states are tightening restrictions on the owners of private swan collections, as a step to protect the eco-system. Mute Swans while beautiful and interactive, have been responsible for damage to the environment in both the Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes, and they have gone so far as to prevent the native birds from nesting in their traditional habitats, and destroying the eggs of native birds found in “their” territory.
As with all methods of animal control it is important to check any rules and restrictions for your area about the purchase and upkeep of Mute Swans before you purchase them, and to check with your local Department of Fish and Wildlife, or Parks and Recreation periodically for updates. There are positive and negative aspects to most methods or goose control, and Mute Swans are no exception to that. Make sure that either you as an individual, or as a company have a long term strategy for the care and control of Mute Swans and their offspring before you use them to modify the goose population.
Mute’s can be valued members of private communities, and corporate sites, taking on the status of a mascot, and pet all in one. For those of you who decide you are able to keep a Mute Swan or pair of Swans, I can attest to their value in adding beauty and grace to your property and ponds. Their personalities are wonderful, and they can be trained with daily interaction to treat people with respect, and good will. I have used Mute Swans as part of a Canadian Goose controlstrategy for 7 years, and value their place in my arsenal of tricks to keep my local population in manageable numbers. I have committed to careful handling of my birds, and to controlling the swan population in my area, and I hope that you will do the same if you choose to use these beautiful birds as well.
Information Green gardenista
Photography Doug Worrall