Ducks and geese native to the United States are protected species— they can’t be killed, removed, or have their nests destroyed, unless you have a permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. So what can you do when you’ve got geese and large ducks wreaking havoc and harassing pets and humans?
The most important way to dissuade aggressive waterfowl is to simply ignore them. If no one is feeding or approaching the birds, they will usually stop approaching people and will be content to raise their young uninterrupted. If that’s not enough, or if you need to dissuade them from using the same nesting site next year, consider purchasing realistic decoy swans like these. Swans are very large and territorial, and most ducks and geese have no interest in settling down in a pond where they believe swans are nesting. Swan decoys are most effective in repelling geese if they are installed before, not after, a nesting season begins, so now is a great time to install them if you’re concerned about aggressive geese in your neighborhood or business.