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OVERLAND, Mo. – A pair of Canada geese have blocked entrances to Missouri state office buildings in Overland. Andrea McNairy, managing attorney at Brown & Crouppen, examine how people can proceed legally when trying to evict them?

“There’s not much you can do because they’re protected by federal and state law,” she said. “…Under the Migratory Birds Treaty (Act), it is illegal to pursue one in any way, to capture or kill, or to attempt to do anything – with the bird, the nest or the eggs.”

Under Missouri state law, anyone who takes, kills, or possesses such a wild animal can be charged with a misdemeanor.

Is there anything to be done because of a nuisance from a legal point of view?

“The easiest and most humane way to get the geese out of the way is legal egg removal,” McNairy said.

You can do this for free by going to the US Fish and Wildlife Services website and apply for a depredation order.

“What this does is if you register your property and document your activity and refer it to the Fish and Wildlife Services, they will allow you to collect the eggs and dump them in the woods,” McNairy said.

“You have to be careful because the geese are very protective at the moment as they guard their nests and their eggs. But it’s a way to discourage them from being on your property.

If a local business has eggs located near its door, can a private citizen sue the business to get the eggs removed?

“Probably not. Business owners have a responsibility to keep their property free from dangerous things. But most cases have shown that unless the owner does something to attract the geese, they are simply wild animals. which are wild animals.

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