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“Don’t Get Goosed”

Photo of two geese sitting in a large puddle in the middle of a large empty parking lot
Category - General
by Amanda Cupp on March 31st, 2017

What to do when those pesky geese are on the prowl.

If you’re in the North-Eastern portion of the United States, chances are you have encountered Canadian Geese. Whether they are stopping traffic on a busy street or hanging around your office building, you have come to realize these over-sized fowl are quite the nuisance.

Not only are they a nuisance, but they can cause damage. I can recall a time in a previous position watching a coworker frantically run into the office with a briefcase over his head because a goose was attacking him in flight.

With spring in full swing, that means these geese are looking to nest. These defensive geese become even more territorial once they lay eggs, which can cause more problems. Your organization may need to invest in shields so your employees can safely come into work (Not really, but you get the picture). Don’t let it get to this point. Every situation presents its own “Do’s” and “Don’ts” – including geese takeovers.

If you encounter a goose, here is what NOT to do:

  1. Fight Back – fighting a goose can not only hurt your physically, it can also damage your ego and reputation.
  2. Approach It – Unless the goose is right by your car door, do not try to ‘shoo’ it. Parking lots are spacious so there is always another path to your vehicle.
  3. Stay Still – If you don’t move they can see you, right? Wrong. Canadian Geese have excellent eyesight and they can sense your fear.

If your office is experiencing a goose problem, here is what you SHOULD do:

  1. Start a Goose Management Program – Yes, this is a real thing. Contact your local wildlife center and they can provide you with resources available in your area.
  2. Remain Calm and Confident – If you encounter one up close and personal, remember that geese are smart and ignore what they consider to be threats.
  3. Communicate with Your Employees – You don’t want to end up like my previous coworker as a goose-attack example in a blog post. Inform your employees on how to properly handle geese and what you plan to do to humanely address the issue.

If your office is experiencing issues with geese, you do not have to idly wait for them to pack-up and leave on their own. Contact your local wildlife center and get the 411 on safe goose prevention and removal.