Goose Management Program

Canada Geese can be fun to watch in natural areas but their presence in highly developed areas can also cause environmental and safety problems, especially at high population densities. Geese are a problem for water quality due to the large amount of feces they produce. This can make water unsafe for swimming and contribute an excess of nutrients to water that promote harmful algae blooms. Geese can also intimidate park users along trails and their feces can be coming a slip and fall safety hazards. Family of geese swimming

In order to address issues related to the goose population, the City developed a Goose Management Plan (PDF) in 2001. The plan lays out procedures and policies for how to manage the goose population in Burnsville. The goal of the plan is to maintain the goose population at levels which reduce resident conflicts and water quality issues while still allowing residents the opportunity to enjoy watching geese in City natural areas. Residents can help inform City staff on goose related issues by submitting their own observations through the Goose Monitoring Report form.

If you are experiencing goose issues on your property, here are a few options to consider.

  • Make sure that no easy food sources are available on your property, like spilled bird seed under feeders.
  • If goose or duck feeding is occurring in your neighborhood, please report it to the City. It is against City ordinance (PDF) to feed waterfowl. You can report feeding issues through the goose monitoring report form.
  • If you live on a pond or lake, consider installing a native vegetation buffer between the water and your turf grass. These buffers discourage easy access to the turf grass areas where geese like to feed and encourage geese to move elsewhere. You can learn more about shoreline restoration projects at through the annual Landscaping for Clean Water Workshops. Native shoreline restorations may qualify for funding through the City's water quality grant program.
  • Visit the Minnesota DNR's website for more recommendations on reducing goose issues.