Goose Control and Dog Related Links
Canadageese.org summarizes the benefits of using Border Collies for goose control.
Regulatory Overview & Links
Federal and state regulations for the control of Canada geese are derived from the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Federal regulations are established by the United States Fish & Wildlife Service (the Service). Maryland state regulations are established by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Wildlife and Heritage Services. Regulations state:
“All control activities, except those intended to either scare geese out of, or preclude them from using, a specific area, such as harassment, habitat management, or repellents, require a Federal permit . . . Maryland Goose Patrol’s hazing with dogs, which harasses geese, but does not harm them, thus does not require Federal or State permitting.
State regulations follow Federal regulations for the control of Canada geese. For goose control activities such as depredation hunting, trapping and nest or egg destruction, State permits are required (in addition to Federal permits). Generally, Maryland DNR requires non-lethal efforts be attempted prior to issuing depredation orders - hazing with dogs being one such non-lethal tactic.