What a Wildlife Biologist has to say about Geese removal


Columbia County Homeowners are upset with the way their Homeowner’s Association is handling the removal of Canada Geese.

Experts say the HOA Board is valid in their decisions.

Wildlife Biologist for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, I.B. Parnell, says, “the Homeowner’s Association’s president had a permit to remove 20 geese because of the nuisance canada goose problem they were having in their subdivision pond.”

We first told you about the feud between the homeowners and their association in moss creek last week.

Homeowner, Ashley Swygert, says, “I called my husband hysterical and was like ‘oh my gosh, they are shooting our geese and killing them.'”

The Homeowner’s Association got  a permit to trap and relocate the geese. After unsuccessful attempts at trapping, two geese were shot. The permit says under the Sheriff’s Department’s watch, it’s ok.

Let’s go back to when the Moss Creek HOA’s President, Iris Souza, said this:

“That was the trapper man’s decision to shoot the geese. that was the only way to get rid of the geese.”

Geese shed their wing feathers around June or July. They don’t fly during these months which make it easier for trappers to capture them during that time.

“They will wait until June or July, when the geese are going through this molt period so that they can’t fly away and then they heard them into a trap, catch the geese, move them,” says Parnell.

Residents told NewsChannel 6 they are angry they didn’t know the geese would be killed. so, who’s decision is it to make?

“That i cannot answer for you, it is up to the HOA to decide,” says Parnell.

Canada Geese are animals that are regulated by the state, so since Souza had a written permit as opposed to verbal, it was a valid decision.

“We have authorization through the us fish and wildlife service to provide a number of lethal removal permits for the state, and so we are working under that umbrella to provide ways to handle these nuisance problems that the subdivisions often have,” says Parnell.

He says that it does not cripple a large amount of the goose population in Georgia, it just keeps them from becoming a neighborhood problem.

DNR does mention that it is cheaper to go the lethal route rather than relocating, but he says it is up to the homeowners to decide.

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