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Geese on lawn
Canada geese have adapted extremely well to urban and suburban habitats. Throughout most of their range, you'll find them in backyards, on lawns, on golf courses, or in any other landscape with open water nearby. Because they live in flocks, their sheer numbers can cause problems, including damage to landscaping, gardens, and water quality from their droppings. There is no easy solution to managing geese. Because they can fly long distances, moving them to a different location is usually fruitless. They'll simply fly back to a good habitat. However, there are steps that you can take to reduce run-ins with geese. It's important to act quickly before they become too established, and to be persistent. Keep all vegetation mowed down around ponds or in nearby open areas. Removing this vegetation eliminates nesting cover. Keep the neighbors from feeding the geese. Once geese associate your condo complex with food, they'll keep coming back for more. Scare tactics can be effective in keeping geese away. Commercially available bird-scare devices include reflective tape and balloons. You can make your own scarecrow, or tie aluminum pie pans to a string. Change the scare devices every couple of days to keep the geese from getting used to them. Residents with dogs may help. Let the dogs run loose, chasing the geese away. Border collies are especially effective. Check with local wildlife officials for current regulations and special permits for trapping or hunting geese.