goose patrol program

Patrol for Control

The City of De Pere has a program that allows residents to help control geese in specific parks. This program allows you to take your dog into one of these parks to harass the geese. The participant will need a free permit and a vest for their dog to participate. Please contact the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department at (920) 339-4065 for further details or visit this link. 


This program shall only be implemented in

  • Jim Martin Park - 255 Libal Street
  • Optimist Park – 801 Cook Street
  • Fox Point Boat Launch - 1075 N. Broadway
  • Brown County Fairgrounds - 1500 Fort Howard.

General rules

Dog owners shall be permitted to enter these areas with their dog under the following conditions:

  1. Dog owners will be issued a permit, indicating the following:
    • a. Dog/owner are permitted in the designated parks beginning in April and ending in November, with the exception of May 16th – July 1st, when the geese are molting and cannot fly.
    • b. The permit shall be issued by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry.
    • c. Copies of the permit shall be forwarded to the Police Department.
  2. Dog/owner shall attempt to push geese from the park area.
  3. An orange vest must be worn by the dog and will be provided by the owner.
  4. Owner must carry the goose patrol permit with them when on goose patrol at the park.
  5. Owners may enter the park between the hours of 6:00 am – 11:00 pm, with the exception of Jim Martin and Optimist Park, which is 6:00 am – 3:00 pm.
  6. Owner must have control of the dog at all times.
  7. Owner must remove any dog refuse from the park.
  8. Dog/owner shall not enter the park if there is any activity or patrons in the park that would negatively be impacted by the presence of the dog.
  9. Dog owners must show proof of current dog license.

Want to register your dog, or have more questions? 

If you'd like to apply for a permit, or learn more information on this program, please view the link below:

Goose Patrol Permit Form & Rules Packet