Canada Geese Will Be Molting in Georgia Soon: Don’t Shoot Them

June 15, 2024
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😅 The Gist: As Canada geese undergo their annual molting process, shedding flight feathers and temporarily unable to fly, Georgia residents are bracing themselves for a frustrating and messy few weeks.

🤔 Why It Matters: While these feathered friends may be a nuisance during molting season, it’s important to remember that they are protected under state and federal law, and patience is key until they regain their ability to fly. Some Georgia residents will need to avoid their natural tendency to shoot first and ask questions later.

🪶 What’s Happening: The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division is encouraging homeowners and property managers to be tolerant during this time, as harassment techniques may not be effective while geese are grounded.

  • Geese typically molt in late June through July, losing their flight feathers and waiting for new ones to grow in.
  • Once new feathers grow in, geese will likely move on from the area.

🦺 Dealing with Persistent Pests: If geese continue to be a problem post-molting season, the department of natural resoures suggests the following:

  • Try various harassment techniques, such as metallic streamers, noise makers, or trained herding dogs.
  • Apply chemical repellents to grass to deter feeding in treated areas.
  • Install physical barriers, like wire or string 12-18 inches above the ground, or plant heavy vegetation along property lines or shorelines.
  • As a last resort, obtain a special permit from the local Game Management office for the legal and lethal removal of the animals.

🦢 The Bottom Line: While molting season may be a headache for some, it’s a temporary inconvenience that requires patience and understanding. Remember, Canada geese are protected, and it’s illegal to take matters into your own hands without proper permits.


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