So you are fed up with the bare dirt covered with goose poop around your lake. It is time to take action! But, what are the regulatory issues and are permits required? Geese are protected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the federal government side and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission on the state government side. There are regulations, but they realize resident geese are an introduced nuisance and health threat. You can take action but you should follow the rules.
Migratory geese are still declining in numbers and are very much protected. Only the resident geese, manipulated by humans years ago trying to increase numbers for hunting, create a nuisance. The resident geese have adapted to community lakes surrounded by lush turf grass and few natural predators. In many areas their populations are exploding. They eat the grass down to the bare dirt that is eroding and leave nasty droppings that contribute excess nutrients to the lake, which often encourages nuisance filamentous algae blooms. The droppings also create significant health concerns. These communities are now asking “what can we do to control the damage created by these geese?”