"It's because we provide an excellent habitat and they are prolific breeders," said David Drake, a wildlife specialist with Rutgers Extension Cooperative. Geese
are finding comfy homes in suburban and urban areas that have a large number of well-groomed parks, golf courses and sprawling corporate grounds with lakes.While some Canada geese migrate, a larger number are permanent residents.
And why would they leave?They have an endless supply of food from lawns and farms and they encounter few natural predators.
One mother goose can lay six eggs a year and produce for 15 years, Drake
said.That means that from one goose, 90 may follow, if they all survive.
Canada geese are federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, which limits the months they can be hunted and how many can be shot each day.However, as their population soars, geese have landed smack-dab in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's crosshairs.
The federal agency is proposing rule changes designed to help manage the population of non-migratory Canada geese along the East Coast by giving states the authority to destroy them.