Controlling Geese Population the Humane Way

Geese leave their messes and demand we give them our bread. Now Parks and Recreation is doing something about it.


Preserving nature is important to the ecosystem and also happens to make New Canaan neighborhoods some of the most beautiful in New England.

There are some elements of nature, however, that require management. While geese and their goslings are rather nice to look at, they can often cause problems in communities such as: interrupting golf games, treating sidewalks as their own personal bathrooms, and harassing those of us that do not happen to walk about with bags of bread. 

The Parks and Recreation Department is doing their part to keep the Canadian goose population from becoming overwhelming in a manner that Recreation Director Steve Benko calls humane. 

"This program has been around for about 25 years," said Benko. "We have a permit and we'll go in and oil the eggs with vegetable oil and mark them once a week so that the eggs don't hatch. We've been doing this since April and we've only seen a few goslings that we believe are from another site."

According to Benko, applying vegetable oil to a goose egg in its earlier stages will cause the embryo to asphyxiate by blocking gases from diffusing through the pores of the egg.

Westside Girl June 17, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Why don't they just remove and dispose of the eggs?
Glen K Dunbar June 17, 2012 at 09:38 PM
I Love Geense and can respect the rule to not feed them. Actually, I find going to the park BORING!! Lucky, I have not been dragged there lately. Would rather sit at home and sulk (at least I am honest) or go fly my model rockets. or WRITE :)
Ping Gwo June 18, 2012 at 03:59 AM
If eggs are removed, the geese will lay another set of eggs. Late season goslings won't mature in time for winter weather or migration (if any). Hey, what is the market like for fresh goose eggs? Would Food Emporium carry them if the parks department harvested them?
mary parker June 19, 2012 at 04:14 AM
What Steve is having the Parks Dept. workers do is a good thing to help keep the population down on geese. Also the use of trained dogs to keep chasing them will force them to find another habitat to hang out. I happen to love geese and don't mind their presence at the parks. I have stepped in more dog poop that wasn't picked up by their owners than goose poop. Instead of our concern over the wild life that has a right to be here we should enforce the litter law at the parks especially after baseball and soccer games with all of the empty water bottles and pizza boxes left all over the parking lots and fields.


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