The Great Goose Roundup

To say Aurora Shores had a love/hate relationship with their Canadian geese population would be something of an understatement. From its inception, the community was touted as being a nature lover’s paradise where the amenities of the city and the beauty of the countryside collided. A series of advertisements from the 1980s even enlisted the lowly goose as a means of drawing potential homeowners. By the 1990s, however, things had taken a turn and the residents retaliated against the honking harbingers.

Semiannual geese roundups would take place to curb the population of geese that naturally flock to the area. In the spring, volunteers fueled with a hatred for flying fowl chase off nesting adults and violently shake the eggs, causing the content to scramble inside. In the summer, “the young birds are too young to fly…and the adults are molting, which renders them incapable of flight.” The same interview with then-president of Aurora Shores, John Vieland, went on to exclaim, “The goal…is to get rid of as many of these dang geese and their dang geese dung as possible. And it is some job…These things, they defecate every three to four minutes..It’s everywhere.” (Plain Dealer)

While Canadian geese are protected under state wildlife laws as well as the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, this does not prevent the use of “non-lethal scare and hazing tactics”, according to the Ohio Division of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife.

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