Humane Geese Control to Begin on Campus


Right now there are more than 360 Canada geese on our campus causing safety hazards near roads and raising public health concerns, with tons of excrement and feathers left on lawns, athletic fields and walkways. They are overgrazing the grass, causing algae to grow in ponds and exhibiting aggressive behavior near nesting birds.

The Humane Society and PETA Humane Goose Control Solutions recommend the use of border collies for humanely scaring away geese. This accepted practice is used by various agencies, municipalities and other colleges. Beginning this month, trained handlers will bring the dogs on campus. The geese will view the collies as a predatory threat and want to avoid them, ultimately leaving the area to fly to safer ground. The dogs will not catch or harm the geese or touch their nests or eggs.

If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please call Environmental Health and Safety at (631) 632-6410.


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  1. I think ’tis a great idea! I think also if we could take advantage of the dogs on campus to boost the morale of kids during midterm season. Also, if geese are killed at Stony Brook, I can say with utmost conviction all the sould will look the other way.

  2. Let this reflect on the record that Stony Brook University is a professional dog (literally, now) & pony show when it actually comes to sticking to their “values.” A “GREEN” entity learns to coexist with wildlife, and they understand that they do not hold dominion over that wildlife. You claim that they cause algae; check with your biology department quick – algae is an integral part of marine ecosystems, like Roth Pond. Instead of planning a clean up initiative (which I’m sure a Stony Brook Ecology organization/student club would be on board with, FOR FREE), you utilize the exorbitant hikes in ACADEMIC and STUDENT ACTIVITY fees to cover the costs, right? Chasing geese with dogs isn’t something that ANY amount of student dollars should be paying for. For those of you concerning the excrement, tear your face away from your cell phone while you walk, and pay attention to where you step – problem solved. I promise you that any clear area of pavement is laden with disease as well; chasing the already existing sidewalks and roadways away with a jackhammer would logically be a viable response if we’re following the suit of the goose initiative, but I think we can all agree that that would be ridiculous. So, again, let’s extrapolate that scenario to the already existing geese (geese that probably utilized this land as their habitat before the school was there). Chasing them away would be a colossal waste of money, and an unnecessary time investment. Class act, Stony Brook.

    And who was the girl that actually alluded to destroying the population of geese? Humans are overpopulating the planet, should we destroy them? Geese, humans, etc. – they are ALL working parts of a greater whole and it is not our place as fellow Earth inhabitants to interfere.

  3. In the past few weeks I have seen a significantly decrease in geese on the campus. These dogs are doing a great job. I was appalled when I first started taking courses here at Stonybrook again and saw the geese and how they destroy the grass area and walking area. These geese were not here back in the 80’s. Over the years there have been a large increase in geese population on the island because they are residential geese who breed and nest here on Long Island now. Since geese are protected by federal government, the only way to deal with them is to force them to relocate their nesting area. The dog’s presence deter the geese from nesting on campus which eventually lead to the geese finding a more suitable safer nesting area.

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