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Geese Give Martin Lawrence a Goose

7/31/2008 3:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Martin Lawrence's gone and gotten goosed -- literally.

This is no joke. The squawking birds have overrun the funnyman's Virginia farm and he's gone to serious lengths to deal with them. One neighbor tells TMZ Lawrence is trying to get rid of them the old-fashioned way -- with a gun.

But Martin's peeps tell us a different story -- that Martin isn't gunning for the geese at all and that he's trying to take care of the problem as "humanely" as possible.

She issued us the following statement:

"The Lawrence's private family farm is populated with many different animals. It is not uncommon to secure an off season hunting license in rural areas and is quite common for the oiling of eggs. A hunting license has been applied for by the property manager; at the same time, Martin has actively been exploring all possible humane ways to handle the overpopulation issue, while intending to do everything possible to preserve the animal habitat in which they reside. There are many different enterprises in rural VA that make their living assisting property owners on how to handle and manage migratory geese. It is unfortunate that a neighbor who has never met Martin or discussed the matter with him, would make this issue public without know all of the facts or the Lawrence family's intentions."
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1.

its britney bitch    

okay yeah who cares

2224 days ago
2.

the DQ    

He just needs to get one of those machines that shoots off blanks ever 10 minutes or so.

2224 days ago
3.

sickofKate    

How about send all of them to the nosy neighbor's house and see how he deals with them?

2224 days ago
4.

Bandolero    

Those birds can be a real nuisance in that region. Martin should take the time to know his neighbors.

2224 days ago
5.

piper    

Just to let you know Martin that those geese are Canada Geese - a protected bird. You CAN'T hunt them or even interfere with their eggs and just for good measure I am going to forward this story to the Government of Canada Wildlife Services.

2224 days ago
6.

Bandolero    

Piper, They are protected in Canada because they all moved down here. Come and get them if you want. The Maryland/Virginia area is inundated with them. They no longer migrate. They are permanent residents and they are a nuisance.

2224 days ago
7.

Jim    

Shoot the neighbor and scare the birds at the same time.

2224 days ago
8.

bethany    

Why doesn't he just contact the Humane Society and they will help him reduce them in a humane way? http://www.hsus.org/wildlife/urban_wildlife_our_wild_neighbors/humane_wildlife_services.html

And why doesn't he get rid of some of the "white folk lawn" and plant some nice flowering bushes and things to discourage them?

2224 days ago
9.

NYone    

Well it's more unfortunate that he is killing off "protected" geese and removing them from their home as they were probably there before he was. People are actually the biggest nuisance to this planet, leave these animals alone, they have a right to exist just like you and I do.

2224 days ago
10.

B.A.    

iT DOESN'T MATTER IF THEY ARE A NUISANCE OR THEY DON'T MIGRATE, THEY ARE STILL A PROTECTED BIRD AND YOU CAN'T KILL THEM OR THE FEDS WILL BE AFTER YOU. SNAPS TO #6.

IF YOU DON'T DO IT i WILL.

2224 days ago
11.

Are you kiddin' me    

The Canada Geese are everywhere in Maryland and Virginia. I can't
speak for Virginia, but Maryland's Humane Society won't help you.
None of the agencies will. They are protected birds so if they like
your home then it's too bad for you. I know people have attempted to
shoot paintballs at them to scare them away. Don't know if it worked
but you might see some colorful Canada Geese around. BTW, paintballs
aren't lethal. (Don't want to start a tirade
about that.)

2224 days ago
12.

Red76    

It soooooo sad that these people are worried but some gesse who are taking over ones property. If Canada was so worried abot protecting their PRECIOUS BIRDS than they should put them in a SPECIALPLACE to make sure that they don't become a problem. A for #6 who cares if you forward the ifo to Canada. Tey don't control anything in the USA. You PEOPLE should be worried about the ECONOMY, GAS PRICES, FOOD PRICES and making sure not to get ANOTHER PRESIDNT LIKE BUSH IN OFFICE......... Lets see if any of you vote Maybe you guys would be better off in CANADA!!! (OBAMA FOR CHANGE!!!!!)

2224 days ago
13.

Bandolero    

Nyone, your right! Humans are the biggest nuisance. So what do you propose?

2224 days ago
14.

Bandolero    

The best way to keep them away from your yard is a dog. Border Collies make the best guardians of property.

2224 days ago
15.

PM    

Someone tell Mr. Lawrence to get a goose dog.
Yes, there are geese dogs... That's how they keep the geese of some golf courses and it's "Humane".

2224 days ago
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