Using lethal means to eliminate problem geese in New Hampshire | Canada goose
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Using lethal means to eliminate problem geese
Regulated hunting is an extremely effective method for reducing goose numbers and keeping remaining birds from using an area. Hunting has resulted in a decline in goose numbers and problems in those areas where hunters have access to the birds. In rural areas, there has been a significant impact on resident (non-migratory) geese. In urban settings, however, the utility of hunting is limited, thus other means of reducing adult survival are necessary. Many golf courses allow hunting and, where feasible, hunting should be considered.
Federal Depredation Permits
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues permits allowing for the lethal removal of Canada geese (typically 1-2 per day), in conjunction with active non-lethal methods, to qualified applicants. This effort functions to serve serves as a negative reinforcement to ongoing hazing activities.
Laws and regulations to be aware of
While we attempt to provide guidance about state and federal regulations pertaining to specific species and control techniques, we do not provide information about local jurisdictions (city, town, county, etc.) where regulations may be more restrictive, especially as it applies to discharge of firearms, transport of animals or use of trapping equipment. Contact your local city or county government to inquire further. No guarantee is made that information (or lack of information) associated with a species or control technique is completely accurate or current. You should become familiar with federal, state and local laws before beginning any wildlife control activities.
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