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Posted: June 18, 2014 8:31 a.m.

Ga. wildlife officials urge patience with geese

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) — Georgia wildlife officials are asking landowners to be patient with Canada geese during their summer molting period.

State waterfowl biologist Greg Balkcom says geese begin losing their feathers and growing new ones in late June and early July. During this time, the birds are unable to fly and are known to frustrate landowners who are irritated with the volume of feathers and feces the birds produce.

Officials say landowners may turn to several harassment techniques to try getting the birds to move — although the methods aren't entirely foolproof.

Landowners can try chemical repellents, mylar balloons, noise makers and wire or string barriers. Officials say landowners can also get permits from the state Game Management office to have the geese captured and relocated by a licensed nuisance wildlife trapper.

 
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