Animal Control Hazing Geese by the Airport

On Tuesday, December 19, 2017, Sioux Falls Animal Control and the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks will begin using sound cannons to scare geese from open fields west of the Sioux Falls Regional Airport. The goal of this program is to reduce the number of geese flying in and out of the open fields, therefore, making it safer for airplanes.

Flying geese can cause damage to airplanes by striking windshields or being sucked into engines. Animal Control has been working with the Sioux Falls Regional Airport, the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, and the landowner to scare geese from the property with limited success.

People near or driving by the area may hear the sound cannons but should not be alarmed. There is no danger to the public. The cannons will go off several times during the day but will be turned on only during daytime hours.

In recent weeks, a large number of Canada geese have migrated into the Sioux Falls area. As small ponds and lakes in rural South Dakota freeze over, the birds start searching for new open water areas. Portions of the Big Sioux River in Sioux Falls remain open throughout the winter. The birds also use nearby food sources such as the harvested cornfields west of the Sioux Falls Regional Airport.

Sound cannons are a humane method of scaring geese. The cannons are safe and ecologically friendly because no chemicals or poisons are used. The cannon is pressure-regulated to create a sonic blast with no projectiles.

If you have any questions concerning this operation, please call Animal Control at 367-7000.