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Living with Wildlife in Manitoba

Geese and Aircraft

Canada geese in close proximity to air traffic routes are a potential safety problem.   The size of these birds (usually 6-14 pounds each), can present a hazard to aircraft, particularly jet engines.

The severity of the problem, from year to year, is affected by numerous factors such as number of birds near an airport, adjacent land use activities, delayed harvest, weather conditions and implementation of a wildlife control program. As local goose populations and air traffic are growing, ensuring air safety beyond airport property is the most important element of dealing with urban geese.

The Winnipeg International Airport (WIA) maintains an excellent wildlife control program within airport boundaries.  The urban goose management committee will concentrate on potential problem areas outside WIA property.