Canadian geese can cause problematic interactions during molting season

INDIANA – Peak molting times for Canadian geese in Indiana are the last two weeks of June through the first two weeks of July.

During molting, adult Canadian geese are grounded while they grow new flight feathers. During this same time period, goslings have not had the chance to grow their first set of flight feathers, which is why you may observe an increase in Canadian geese and their young walking across roads this summer.

Canadian geese are causing problematic interactions with humans during this time, cannot move far due to the absence of flight feathers. Because of this, normal harassment techniques are neither appropriate nor effective. Instead of harassing molting geese, consider installing a fencing barrier prior to goose nesting.

For more information about living with Canadian geese, visit the Department of Natural Resources website.