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DEC advises residents about Canada geese

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The Department of Environmental Conservation is issuing guidelines for property owners to help control Canada geese.

A General Depredation Permit issued by the department allows for the disturbance or removal of Canada geese without having to apply for individual permits at the state or federal level.

The department suggested geese be chased from unwanted areas as soon as they arrive until they permanently leave the area, as the birds become less likely to leave after they begin nesting. Special rules are in place for areas within three miles of an airport so airport managers can be prepared for dispersed flocks.

Egg addling, involving treating goose eggs to prevent hatching, is another option.

More information can be found at www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7003.html.

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