Lake Taylor at Pilgrim Village did not exist prior to the building of the village. As a result, it presents some ecological challenges just as do swimming pools of HOAs in other parts of the country that suddenly find alligators making a home there. While the problems in Northeast Ohio are not as serious, they do need to be addressed. In addition to the bacteria and allege, Canada Geese, which are a non-native species are a threat in terms of ecological balance and disease.  Furthermore, since this is not their native habitat, their wings become weakened when they set up permanent residence here.

Pilgrim Village deals with Canada Geese in accordance with all state and national laws governing wild life control.  The information below comes from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.


Canada geese are probably the most adaptable and tolerant of all native waterfowl. If left undisturbed, they will readily establish nesting territories on any suitable pond, be it located on a farm, backyard, golf course, apartment or condominium complex, or city park.

Most people will welcome and start feeding the first pair of geese on their pond, but these geese will soon wear out their welcome.  In just a few years, a pair of geese can easily become 50 to 100 birds.  The feces will foul the areas around the pond and surrounding yards and also damage the lawn, pond, and other vegetation.  Geese that are fed will lose their fear of humans and attack adults, children, and pets during the nesting season (March through June).  DO NOT FEED GEESE.  Feeding bread, corn, potato chips, popcorn, and other human food items harms the geese and sets the scene for goose attacks on people

Canada geese are protected under both the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and Ohio state law.  This protection extends to the geese, goslings, nests, and eggs. Non-lethal scare and hazing tactics, which do not harm the geese, are allowed.  These tactics include: pyrotechnics, dogs, barriers, a grid on the pond, laser pointers (at night), distress calls, or grape-flavored repellants such as Flight Control.

If non-lethal tactics have been used in the past, without success, the Division of Wildlife may issue a lethal permit to allow the landowner to destroy nests, conduct a goose roundup, or shoot geese.  These permits can only be used March 11 through August 31.  Hunting in the fall, outside city limits, is also a good method to reduce the goose population, feed people, and further scare the geese away.

Human-Goose Conflict Overview


Goose Attacks

Don't Feed the Geese

Visual Deterrents

Physical Barriers

Mechanical Scare Devices (Hazing)

Habitat Modification


Biological Controls


Chemical Repellents
Harassment Techniques Timeline



Materials and Supplies

The complete series of
Goose Conflict Sheets & Materials and Supplies

Nuisance Species How to Deal with Them


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