Goose Management

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Canada GooseLIVING WITH CANADA GEESE

Many enjoy Canada Geese as part of Eden Prairie’s natural environment. However, an overabundant goose population can become a nuisance as well as a public health and safety hazard. Goose droppings not only reduce the attractiveness of local parks and beaches but also negatively affect the quality of water, making it unsafe for swimming.

Goose-related complaints have been filed for:

  • Damage to a golf course, lawn and garden turf and plants
  • Fouling of decks, sidewalks, docks and rafts
  • Deterioration of water quality at beaches
  • Attacking pets, children, elderly and others
  • Walking or flying into traffic

WHAT IS THE CITY DOING?
The City of Eden Prairie has a two-fold approach — education and population management. Techniques the City uses include:

  • Community education
  • Modification of natural habitat where feasible
  • Relocation of geese to more appropriate areas
  • Population reduction through removal of geese using trained professionals
WHAT CAN I DO?
There are a variety of methods Eden Prairie residents can use to manage geese:
  • Minimize use of Kentucky bluegrass
  • Convert shoreline areas to tall, native grasses or plants with a minimum width of 20 feet
  • Plant groupings of trees and shrubs within grazing areas
  • Stop feeding the geese; this leads to not only a gathering of more geese in one neighborhood, but can also affect the health of the geese since they don’t eat a more diverse, native diet
  • Erect scare tape or goose fences at the edges of shorelines
  • Report aggressive geese to the City for removal
Click here to file a goose complaint.

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