How to Obtain Goose & Gull Egg Removal Permits in Wisconsin

Jan 24, 2023
Flock of Birds Flying

For those of us in the still-frozen Midwest, spring may seem far away. But warmer temperatures – and new generations of baby birds – will be here before you know it: goose breeding season starts in February and extends through April and gull breeding season stretches from March to July.

Effective bird control can – and often should – start well before eggs hatch. By proactively managing nests and depredating eggs, you can head off a vicious cycle of breeding, nesting and aggression.

With breeding season around the corner, you may have questions about how to obtain or renew egg removal permits. Here is a quick look at how permitting is handled in Wisconsin.

How to Obtain a Goose Egg Removal Permit in Wisconsin

Any property seeking to remove goose eggs in the state of Wisconsin must obtain a permit before any action is taken.

Interested parties must submit an application through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The agency may inquire about the severity of the situation and what action has already been taken to combat nesting geese (including decoys and harassment with dogs).

If the USDA does determine a need for egg removal, the application is passed on to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, who will issue a final permit.

It is also important to note that additional information must be submitted online with the United States Fish & Wildlife Service before any work can be done.  At the end of the year, an annual report form must be submitted for the work completed, even if nothing was done.

How to Obtain a Gull Egg Removal Permit in Wisconsin

Any property wishing to remove gull eggs in Wisconsin must obtain a federal permit.

To do so, you must submit an extensive application with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that includes the following information:

  • A comprehensive overview of the situation
  • The size of the property
  • The duration of the problem
  • The damage incurred
  • The steps that have already been taken to prevent gull nesting

If the USDA does determine a need for egg removal, the application is passed on to the United States Fish & Wildlife Service, who will issue a final permit.

The Migratory Bird Management team can complete the end-to-end permitting process on your behalf. If you need to manage gulls on your property , please contact us as soon as possible so we may begin the application process.

Migratory Bird Management Takes the Hassle Out of Permitting

For both goose and gull egg removal permits and renewals, all Migratory Bird Management needs is your signature and some basic information about your property. We handle everything else.

As soon as permits are issued, our work will commence. Once our services are complete, we will fill out and file all necessary reports with state and federal agencies.

Your Partner for Goose & Gull Nest Management

With decades of safe, effective and humane bird control experience, Migratory Bird Management has helped countless clients manage nuisance birds. We have extensive experience controlling the most common birds with a range of services – from nest management to laser control. For more information about our solutions, reach out to our biologist-led team of experts.

Contact us to learn more about our egg removal services in Wisconsin