MODELING COSTS OF USING OVOCONTROL G FOR MANAGING NUISANCE CANADA GOOSE (BRANTA CANADENSIS) POPULATIONS

Publication Year:
2007
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Repository URL:
https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/icwdm_usdanwrc/775
Author(s):
Caudell, Joe N.; Shwiff, Stephanie A.
Tags:
biocontrol; Branta canadensis; Canada geese; cost analysis; OvoControl; population control; Environmental Sciences
article description
OvoControl G is a relatively new product that reduces the hatchability of Canada goose (Branta canadensis) eggs. However, little data is available on the cost of application. We present a model for estimating the cost of application of OvoControl G for managing nuisance Canada goose populations. We found that at low goose densities, fixed labor costs are responsible for a significant portion of the cost. As goose densities increase, these fixed costs become equivalent to, and eventually less than, the costs associated with the purchase of the product. We present several scenarios that managers may employ to further reduce the cost of application.