SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (Nov. 18, 2022) The Town of Surfside Beach has ordinances to protect geese and waterfowl as well as protect the public from the health hazards they present. We will continue to enforce our ordinances which protect both waterfowl and the public.
All Canada geese, including resident flocks, are protected by regulations in federal and state laws that govern the capture, handling or killing of Canada geese.
The Town of Surfside Beach desires the safety of these and other animals.
Residents and visitors should follow all state, federal and local laws protecting Canada geese, including their nests and eggs.
Harming Canada geese, their nests or their eggs is prohibited by law.
If geese are on the road, know that hitting them with a vehicle is a serious crime if done on purpose.
For the safety of both Canada geese and residents, the Town of Surfside Beach has additional ordinances that prohibit interacting with geese in other ways.
It is unlawful to feed wild waterfowl, ducks, geese, seagulls and/or pigeons within the town limits.
Growing populations of waterfowl result in large amounts of waterfowl droppings that potentially can spread disease. Other problems caused by droppings are excess nutrients in the town's lakes that in turn can cause algae blooms, damage to lawns and the soiling of public areas around the town's lakes.
The feeding of any animal leads to those animals halting natural migratory patterns, and potentially aggressive behaviors.
Our town ordinances promote an observation-only policy, which means refraining from feeding, touching, teasing or playing that can disrupt their natural behaviors and habitats.
The town will continue to enforce all laws and regulations under its jurisdiction to protect animals and humans alike.