Canada Goose

Canada_Goose

Overview

The Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) is a large migratory bird that is protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Act.

It is identified by its black head and neck with a white Chinstrap.

Biology

The eggs are eaten by foxes, coyotes, racoons and

crows. Adult male birds can weigh up to 14 pounds.

Control

Large numbers of these birds can become a pest when they feed and poop on grass and lawns, especially when these surfaces are part of athletic fields or golf courses. Either covering their eggs with oil to suffocate the embyro or hazing by dogs is acceptable. On occassion one of these large birds may collide with aircraft causing damage. If threatened or protecting their yound these birds will hiss and charge and may bite or attack with their wings.

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