Geese are commonly spotted throughout Strathcona County, particularly in early to late spring when they arrive after migration for breeding and nesting. These giant birds return year after year to the same place to nest, and only stay little while. 

Family of geese swimming in a lake

Manage or prevent interactions

Strathcona County supports co-existence with geese, who are protected by the federal Migratory Birds Convention Act and the provincial Wildlife Act. 

Here are some important steps you can take to minimize negative interactions with geese and to prevent them from nesting on private property. 

  • Do not feed them – The feeding of all wildlife in parks is prohibited through the Parks Bylaw 21-2013. Feeding wild animals can make them bolder and more aggressive towards humans.  

  • Give them space - Geese may show aggression by hissing, spitting or flapping their wings. If you are approached by or hissed at by a goose, back away, as they may also bite. Give them lots of space when passing them. 

  • Respect the nest - Geese are aggressive defenders of their nests. Geese, eggs and nests cannot be relocated, except in very rare circumstances by professionals. Once the goslings have hatched, the geese will move on to find water.  

  • Remove potential nesting areas before the geese arrive – Covering or removing potential nesting sites such as garden boxes, planters or piles of dirt/mulch prior to the nesting season will remove the likelihood of a nest being constructed on your property.  

  • Naturalize gathering areas - Tall vegetation around shoreline areas near ponds or wetlands will discourage geese from walking onto adjacent lawns to rest and feed.  

  • Create barriers to your property – Fence shore areas to reduce access to your lawn. 

Concerns

Please direct the following goose concerns to the appropriate organization: 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Further information:

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Last updated: Wednesday, June 09, 2021
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