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Evaluation of Canada goose sterilization for population control.

Wildlife Society Bulletin

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We evaluated the vasectomy of 72 male Canada geese as a method to control growing populations of nuisance geese in Westchester County, New York. Thirty-three of the vasectomized males paired with a female and were located during ≥1 breeding seasons; 7 treated males were not seen following surgery. The remaining 32 males were never observed paired with a female during the breeding season. Of 56 nesting attempts by the 33 pairs in ≥1 breeding seasons, 84% of the nests were unsuccessful. Fidelity to nest sites during the second and third breeding seasons occurred for 17 of the 18 vasectomized males and their females that were observed for ≥2 seasons. The results suggest that male sterilization may reduce productivity of nuisance Canada geese providing one carefully selects areas and flocks suitable for this type of control.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Evaluation of Canada goose sterilization for population control.
Series title:
Wildlife Society Bulletin
Volume
22
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1994
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
National Wildlife Health Center
Description:
5 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Wildlife Society Bulletin
First page:
265
Last page:
269
Country:
United States
State:
New York
County:
West Chester
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files(Y/N):
N