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Agricultural Depredation Order for Resident Canada Geese offered again in Virginia for 2011

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) and
the Wildlife Services Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) are working together to offer Virginia farmers an additional
tool to manage problems caused by Resident Canada geese. This tool
is an Agricultural Depredation Order.

The Agricultural Depredation Order was proposed in the
Environmental Impact Statement on Resident Canada geese published
by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in September 2006. The
Agricultural Depredation Order was offered for the first time in
Virginia in 2009. This Depredation Order authorizes landowners,
operators, and tenants actively engaged in commercial agriculture
to use certain lethal methods to control Resident Canada geese on
lands that they personally control where geese are damaging
agricultural crops.

The Agricultural Depredation Order is a bit different than the
Nest and Egg Order in that it is administered by the state agencies
and state authorization is required to conduct this control. There
is no federal website registration or federal permit, but a state
permit is required. The permit is free and agricultural producers
can apply for the permit by calling the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife
Services, P.O. Box 130, Moseley, VA 23120 Phone: (804) 739-7739
FAX: (804) 739-7738. The authorization process will provide a quick
turn-around for permits and should make the process more user
friendly for landowners and managers.

Activities allowed under this permit include the lethal take of
Canada geese from May 1 through August 31, and the destruction of
Canada goose nests and eggs between March 1 and June 30. All
management actions must occur on the property controlled/managed by
the applicant. Geese may not be taken using hunting methods such as
decoys and calls.

Permit holders must keep a log of their control activities and
must submit a report by September 30 of each year detailing the
number of birds taken. A copy of the Permit Application, detailing
the terms and conditions of the permit, and an Annual Report Form
can be obtained from the USDA at the address/number above.

Past efforts have shown that Canada goose depredation control is
most effective when a combination of management techniques is used
in an integrated approach. These techniques include hunting seasons
(special early and regular Resident Canada goose seasons with
liberal bag limits), nest and egg destruction, non-lethal treatment
methods like hazing and harassment, habitat management and lethal
alternatives when needed.

For additional information about Resident Canada geese and other
waterfowl populations in Virginia, visit the waterfowl section on
the Department’s Web site


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