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Old 05-02-2019, 05:39 PM
 
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Tell her, next time, to leave them alone & find a different spot to park in.
Sometimes it doesn’t matter. I worked in one office where they literally nested around all of the buildings. One day I was parked pretty far out in the parking lot away from any nests and one swooped down and started to come at me. I remember on the worst day, some 15 people in my building were attacked, including two in my unit. Someone else said she saw someone fall to the ground and get pecked that day. They sent us all these “helpful” tips, but when they were like literally nesting right basically between the employee entrances, there wasn’t much of an alternative.
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Old 05-02-2019, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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Wanted to ask, because recently, my niece had a bad experience with them and wanted your thoughts. She is 16 and parked in the Best Buy parking lot where there were 2 of them. She said one was walking around, while the other was sitting, presumably on eggs. She got out of her car and didn't approach or antagonize them, but she said the one that was walking around went right up to her and started making a hissing sound and then started flying at, and attacking her. She said she didn't approach them, or try to bother them, but one of them got angry and started attacking for no reason, is this normal?

When an aggressive goose makes advances on you, give it an equally aggressive response. They will try to grab your clothes with their bills and then beat you with the hard joints on their wings. When one sticks its open bill out, shove an index finger all the way inside and clamp down on top with your thumb. Then pull back, stretching out its neck and it becomes your captive. They don't like that at all and after a couple of repeats, they will keep their distance. If your finger is pushed all the way inside and your thumb clamped down hard, they can't exert enough biting pressure to hurt you. But you have to be forceful about it-----no wishy-washy halfway grabbing.

I raised a large flock of Canada geese on our farm for many years and I had them all well-trained to keep their bills to themselves. Another good defense, if you don't want to do the thing with their bills, is to carry a broom and use it to keep them at bay. Below is a link to a video I shot of a free-flying flock that were descended from the geese on our farm.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/221215...-4JEjJs-dLPnm9
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Old 05-02-2019, 05:53 PM
 
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I've been bit by one before if that counts?
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Old 05-02-2019, 05:58 PM
 
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as far as non-contact defense...an umbrella has worked for us.
the automatic-opening ones, especially.
point at the goose and press.
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Old 05-02-2019, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Backwoods of Maine
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I have worked for the state banding wild Canada geese. I also raise domestic geese with other poultry on my own farm. Geese can be very aggressive, very protective, and just plain nasty.

When they hiss, it is a sign that they are threatened and in turn warning you. You can hiss right back at them - more effective if you spread your arms out like wings - and they do understand you. As has been noted, they are especially aggressive during nesting season, and while molting. They do bite and the bites can be very painful, but not usually serious.

Geese are large birds and you should keep children away from them. They don't make good pets.
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Old 05-02-2019, 06:17 PM
 
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If you appear to be interfering with their nest/breeding, they will act like that.


I've had good experiences with them, not near their nest at all. They'd float by my boat, and I'd feed them peas. They'd open their beaks and I'd drop the peas right down their throats, then they'd float by other boats for more treats from the humans. They were very trusting, probably too trusting.
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Old 05-02-2019, 06:25 PM
 
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We lived in a neighborhood with a fairly large like with bridges and walking trails. Goose population grew to the point it was I'm possible to walk the trails as they return to the location they hatched and leave about a pound per bird per day behind. It turned into a health hazard with 200+ birds not to mention them attacking walkers.

I was Mother Goose. Fed them in a distinct outfit lots of cut up bread for a bout a week. They followed me around, tried to bite me. Homeowners stopped at a very early hour to thank me to cussing me out. Half of the geese were relocated to a cat fish farm.

HOA did not agree to the suggestion of one Christmas goose per house hold.

Yes, they are protected but as some other protected species they have outgrown their welcome in some areas.
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Old 05-02-2019, 06:31 PM
 
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Wanted to ask, because recently, my niece had a bad experience with them and wanted your thoughts. She is 16 and parked in the Best Buy parking lot where there were 2 of them. She said one was walking around, while the other was sitting, presumably on eggs. She got out of her car and didn't approach or antagonize them, but she said the one that was walking around went right up to her and started making a hissing sound and then started flying at, and attacking her. She said she didn't approach them, or try to bother them, but one of them got angry and started attacking for no reason, is this normal?
I despise those creatures. I wish we could shoot them and offer the meat to homeless shelters. They foul the walkways, the grass, the waterways...and are insanely overpopulated.
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Old 05-02-2019, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, Ca
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I have some pillows, a comforter and a jacket stuffed with their feathers... if that counts. Lol
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Old 05-02-2019, 07:57 PM
 
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I wish that they would be taken off the endangered species list

All they are is honking crap factories that crap on anything and everything
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