In many areas in SE Wisconsin, Canada goose populations have expanded so rapidly that they have become a severe nuisance. The non-migratory birds create nuisance conditions in parks and open spaces, and along lake shores. The geese leave behind droppings that create health hazards and water quality impairment.
Control methods include the harvest of urban geese for donation to food and wild game pantries. Wind Lake has participated in a USDA goose removal program to improve conditions and water quality since 2007.
A report discusses results of contaminant testing of tissue from geese that were harvested from urban sites in the region and evaluates the need for any consumption advisories.
Download the Canadian Geese Removal and Contaminant Study