Farm depredation order for Canada geese offered again for 2012
June 21, 2012
RICHMOND—The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Wildlife Services Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture are offering Virginia farmers an additional tool to manage problems caused by resident Canada geese.
The Agricultural Depredation Order was offered for the first time in Virginia in 2009. It authorizes landowners, operators and tenants actively engaged in commercial agriculture to use certain lethal methods to control resident Canada geese on lands that they personally control where geese are damaging crops.
The order is different from the federal Nest and Egg Depredation Order implemented in 2007 in that it is administered by state agencies and requires state authorization. The permit is free, and Virginia producers can apply by calling the USDA Wildlife Services office at 804-739-7739.
Activities allowed under the permit include the lethal take of Canada geese from May 1 through Aug. 31 and the destruction of the birds’ nests and eggs between March 1 and June 30. Permit holders must keep a log of their control activities and submit a report by Sept. 30 of each year detailing the number of birds taken.
The Nest and Egg Depredation Order allows landowners to destroy resident Canada goose nests and eggs. It can be used by landowners in Virginia to help manage goose numbers. Users must register with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Landowners can register and get program details online at epermits.fws.gov/eRCGR/geSI.aspx.
The Fish and Wildlife Service reports 3.5 million resident Canada geese in the United States and estimates that the population has increased by 2 percent annually over the past decade in the eastern part of the country.
For additional information about resident Canada geese and other waterfowl populations in Virginia, visit the waterfowl section on the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website at www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/waterfowl.