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Nuisance Goose Abatement

Is the running of dogs at places like Ann Morrison park opening up the dog owners to fines or penalties if the dog catches a goose and harms it? We, at Idaho Bird Control, purposely haze geese without the use of dogs and/or live falconry because we didn't want to deal with that happening.

Answer

I am not aware of any reports of waterfowl being injured or killed in Ann Morrison park or any other city park.

Dogs running at large is controlled by local, municipal or county ordinances. The owner of a dog taking waterfowl in Anne Morrison Park is no more nor no less liable for that take, under the US Migratory Bird Treaty Act, than a dog on or off leash would be in an area without leash laws. Please contact your local US Fish and Wildlife Service office for potential penalties for unlawful take under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.