Driven Wild uses highly trained and intelligent dogs as a primary means of managing goose populations. Our dogs are trained to respond to voice commands which tell them when to put pressure on the geese and when to return to the handler once the geese have flown away. This voice control is extremely important when using an unrestrained dog as an extension of the handler. The amount of training that goes into these dogs is astounding, and it can be time consuming to prepare a dog for this type of work. Because of this, it is not a smart idea to pick up a Border Collie from a breeder or shelter with the expectation that they will clear your property of geese effectively and humanely. Driven Wild’s handlers have years of experience with dogs, and we have personally trained our dogs to perform Canada goose removal services. Our Minnesota goose removal services have been used by:
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Let’s face it: most humane goose removal methods aren’t very long-lasting or impactful. Noisemakers, streamers, and coyote decoys may unnerve the geese initially, but they’ll catch on quickly and be back before you know it. Our goose removal services experts have seen all these methods tried and failed – often by property owners who eventually contact us to get rid of the geese for good.
We don’t rely on gimmicky products for our Canada goose removal services. Instead, we utilize a proven method of hazing the geese with our highly trained Border Collies. The reason this type of goose removal service is so effective is because of the modern-day dog’s resemblance to foxes, wolves, and other predators. The better a dog’s “stalking” capabilities, the more resemblance the geese will see to predators. Therefore, Border Collies are often recommended for goose control. They are genetically predisposed to great aptitude in herding. They are also the only breed of dog to give “the eye” to whichever livestock they are herding. They can use this look to intimidate the livestock into moving without having to exert much effort. In a goose’s mind, they are unsafe whenever the dogs are around. While their actual safety is not threatened, it is the perceived threat that makes the geese leave the area whenever they see the dogs.
While the dogs are our main method of goose management, we will sometimes need to use supplemental methods. This could be necessary if the geese are especially stubborn or in bodies of water where it is not effective for our dogs to swim out to harass the geese. The main supplement we use is a remote-controlled boat. This allows us to come at the geese in the water from an additional angle, and it convinces them they are surrounded. Their only way out is to leave the area entirely.
If the geese are returning overnight and are causing issues early in the morning, we may make several visits during dusk and use lasers in addition to the dogs. The lasers work as an unfamiliar threat the geese have not seen before, and they can be very effective in preventing geese from roosting on your property when used correctly.
Managing Canada goose damage can be difficult, so we recommend preventative measures such as habitat modification. Geese are particular about where they make their homes, so you can drastically cut down on the population of Canada geese on your property by making a few easy changes.
If you have seen lots of goslings on your property in the spring, it’s quite likely there is at least one nest on your property. The adult geese are often fiercely protective of their nests, and they tend to lay nests in well-protected areas. This sometimes includes areas in and around bodies of water, which may be difficult to access.
Once a gosling has hatched on your property, they will return to the area year after year to have offspring of their own. People often use the expression “multiplying like rabbits,” but we could say the same about geese. While you may only have a pair of geese this year, next year they could return to procreate in addition to their eight offspring from the previous season. You can see how things will quickly get out of hand. Luckily, geese can be dissuaded from returning to your property if their eggs fail to hatch. A service called egg depredation is vital in ensuring these geese and their offspring don’t return to your property year after year.
A permit is required from the Minnesota DNR to addle eggs, and the property owner must be listed on the permit. Driven Wild can help you submit the required paperwork before coming out to your property and taking care of the eggs. If you have noticed nests on your property, or if you have seen goslings around in the past and want to prevent that this spring, contact us for a price estimate.
Tired of Ineffective Goose Control?
If you are tired of trying out multiple ineffective options to control the geese on your property, Driven Wild is the perfect solution. Contact us for a free estimate and more information about why this is the last goose control method you’ll ever need.