Canada geese are a protected species, yet without their natural predators to control the geese population they can become a pest. Their droppings may foul lawns and contribute unnecessary nutrients to the Lake. The Association annually receives a Federal EPA permit to have geese eggs addled, which has enabled control of their proliferation. Geese prefer open areas like lawns and beaches. They avoid crossing thick and thorny barriers. An 18- to 24-inch fence of chicken wire, plastic, or nylon can be an effective barrier to geese, but only while the goslings are young. Please do not feed the geese.