This is a public service announcement
This found it’s way into my inbox so I thought I would pass along the knowledge:
It is nesting season for Canadian geese, so the males (and sometimes the females too) become aggressive as they protect the nest.
IT IS ILLEGAL under federal law to injure, kill, or otherwise interfere with the geese, their nests, or their young. Instead, PLEASE use the following guidelines to protect yourself from harm:
- Pay attention to the actions of the male goose when you enter his territory. If he sounds a warning, that is your signal to leave the area.
- Show no fear. Geese are particularly attuned to body language and a show of fear may increase the intensity of the attack.
- Maintain eye contact. Geese have excellent vision and interpret loss of eye contact as an act of fear.
- Stay calm. Don’t yell or try to hit the male goose. The female may join the attack and then you will be in real trouble.
- Keep your body facing directly toward the goose. Never turn your back on an attacking goose.
- Walk slowly backwards if the goose hisses at you or spreads its wings. Use your peripheral vision to avoid tripping over obstacles.
- Continue facing the goose and back slowly away at a 90-degree angle from the goose if he flies up at your face.
- Make your escape and exit the area through a gate if possible. Geese rarely fly over a fence.
Geese do not have teeth. If they manage to touch you, they may peck at you with their flat beak.
Feeding the geese makes them like their location even more, so please don’t feed them.