Managing the Canadian Geese Population
WOODBURY, NJ--Large groupings of geese have become more than a nuisance to homeowners, businesses and government.
The City of Woodbury join many who struggle to limit the intrusion of these migratory birds at our public parks and lakes. Consider that ONE hungry goose, who can consume up to 4 pounds of grass in a day, can generate up to 2 pounds of poop a day – at a frequency of every 12 minutes!
These droppings account for high costs for cleanup, repair and maintenance.
Public Works, though not responsible for controlling the geese population, are assisting the Department of Wildlife and Animal Control in Gloucester Township to reduce the population in our lakes and parks.
A little over a year ago, they installed an electronic, programable geese management system.
This program features a base unit and 4 speakers that emit one of three audio sounds to deter the geese from congregating in the parks. The first is an alpha male geese call that relays a message of danger in the area to the rest of the flock. The second is a coyote call – an animal that is a geese’s top-level predator. Finally, there is an electronic bullet that emits a shock wave on a frequency that, again, scares the flock.
These units are located in several of the city’s parks and are programmed to emit the audio every 15 minutes throughout the day.
In addition, plastic alligator heads are placed in the lake systems and are moved, periodically, to different locations.
The deterrents have been effective in cutting down the population to a more manageable level.
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