Ask Joe: Can Lampe Park geese be rounded up ?

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Updated: 8/09/2013 6:37 pm
Question:
Colleen Nestroyl wrote in asking if there's anything that can be done about the more than 100 geese at lampe park in gardnerville ?  She says they're becoming a real nuisance !
Colleen even sent in some photos showing the geese hanging out in the park. There are a lot of them seemingly minding their own business but if you know geese you know they can be aggressive and they do make a mess.

Answer:
Unfortunately Colleen there's not much that can be done.  I checked with Chris Healy with the Nevada Divsion of  Wildlife.  He says if you have a park, and there's water nearby like you have at Lampe,  you can expect geese to make themselves at home there.
NDOW does conduct round-ups in Reno at Virginia Lake but that is only because the airport is close by and the geese can pose a real hazard for air traffic.
  Outside of that Healy says it would take a request from a public agency like the parks department in Douglas County to conduct a round-up.
  So I called the parks department and they tell me they have decided they are happy with the geese since they are part of the natural surroundings and they do not want to disturb them in any way.
  So, Colleen,  all I can tell you is  watch your step, and get used to the geese because it doesn't sound like they are going anywhere anytime soon.

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Onyxescence - 8/13/2013 9:12 AM
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MEDIA RELEASE: Egg Addling Controls Goose Population “In a continued effort to control the Canada Goose population in the Okanagan Valley, the Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program is about to begin its annual egg addling program. Over the PAST SIX YEARS, this program has prevented the exponential increase of the non-migratory resident goose population that inhabits the valley all year long………Since the program began in 2007, approximately 7,700 EGGS HAVE BEEN PREVENTED FROM HATCHING THROUGH THIS MINIMALLY INVASIVE APPROACH…. ….In order for the program to succeed, new nests need to be identified. The PUBLIC IS ASKED TO REPORT lone geese, pairs of geese or nest locations on private or public land.” http://www.okanagangooseplan.com/?p=270 In addition to ground surveys, aerial surveys were conducted in 2007 and 2011 to estimate the number of geese residing in the Okanagan Valley and to determine what proportion of the population were hatched that year. THE CANADA GOOSE POPULATION APPEARS TO HAVE STABILIZED THROUGHOUT THE VALLEY. http://www.okanagangooseplan.com/?cat=6 GOOSE STRATEGY AND ACTION PLAN. http://www.okanagangooseplan.com/files/OVGMP_Strategy_Action%20Plan_2006.pdf The Okanagan Valley in BC is a major tourist and recreational area. The Okanagan Lake is 70 miles long. Other major industries include orchards and vineyards. The valley is as big as the state of NJ and they have a humane egg addling program which has successfully stabilized their permanent resident Canada goose population.

Onyxescence - 8/13/2013 9:11 AM
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What's with Americans they can't seem to coexist peacefully with anything? Forget the pollution and problems caused by humans....it is peaceful birds that are the big problem. And killing geese for 'air safety' is a crock. The experts do not do that. The USDA does it because they make money killing geese. IF the USDA's killing program was achieving anything they would be have some stats to show and they NEVER do. Israel’s Birdstrike Control Program on the other hand showed amazing results in birdstrikes and costs related to birdstrikes – it showed an amazing decrease in costs due to birdstrikes from over 10 million a year to 82,000 a year. ISRAEL’S BIRDSTRIKE CONTROL PROGRAM (BCP) Prior to BCP’s involvement with the IAF, average annual damage to IAF aircraft due to birds at the Israeli airbases was roughly US $10.3 million/year! Since the implementation of bcp’s wildlife management protocols and guidelines more than 9 years ago, the IAF has only suffered a total of us $82,000 in damage combined for all major airbases that have implemented the program (or roughly US $8,400/year). ALL HARASSMENT CONDUCTED BY BCP’S PERSONNEL IS NON-LETHAL AND CONSERVATION FRIENDLY. ISRAEL’S BCP INSTITUTED AT HURLBERT AIRFORCE BASE FLORIDA: Accomplishments and reductions in costs as a result of the wildlife control services provided by BCP’s program at Hurlburt Airfield have been dramatic and resulted in being recognized in a variety of awards and acknowledgements of performance. They include: 90% reduction in repair cost for bird strikes; 95% reduction in repair costs due to damaging wildlife strikes at Hurlburt Airfield. Note: Three FY06 damaging bird strikes occurred away from Hurlburt Field over low-level training routes; 80% reduction in pyrotechnic usage; 100% REDUCTION IN NECESSITY FOR LETHAL CONTROL MEASURES (LCM) http://www.birdstrikecontrol.com/results.html

FoolontheHill - 8/10/2013 10:45 AM
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You'd need a lot of tiny lariats.

mslucy - 8/9/2013 11:15 PM
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Colleen Nestroyl, if you don't like the Geese, stay out of their home.
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