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Old 04-25-2014, 03:54 PM
 
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Went to the beach yesterday by LI sound in NY. There is an inlet that runs into the woods and is home to much wildlife and birds. Apparently, someone dumped an adult domestic goose there recently. He keeps a healthy distance but is not hanging out with the wild geese or any other water fowl.
I looked online to see how they do in the wild and found they either can't or don't bother to fly. Info is very sketchy. I am concerned about dogs. Many people bring their dogs to swim in those waters and if he can't fly, he is sure to be killed.
I know this is a long shot- but does anyone know of a person with property that would be willing to catch and give this goose a home?
Thanks!
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Old 04-25-2014, 03:58 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Around here the domestic geese eventually turn feral and mingle with the resident Canadas. They will fly. also. They also will crossbreed, you get some strange looking birds. I got one a few years ago that had the body coloration of a Canada and the wing conformation and color of a domestic.
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:17 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Bet that goose can take care of himself! I see them go after huge dogs cats & people!
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Jamestown, NY
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Bet that goose can take care of himself! I see them go after huge dogs cats & people!
I agree. Most will simply swim out beyond the range that the dog is willing to swim. Moreover, adult geese, especially ganders, are nasty tempered. When Canada Geese moult, they can't fly either, but you don't see dogs bother them ... well, not the same dog more than once. Even my German Shorthaired Pointer gave them wide berth after tangling with a gander at my cousin's place just once.
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Old 04-25-2014, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Logan Township, Minnesota
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It is very possible nobody dropped him off. He may have been a domesticated one that joined a flock of Canada Geese. It is very common to loose geese to the wild flocks.

Like every one said. A goose is far from defenseless.

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Old 04-25-2014, 08:38 PM
 
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I appreciate everyone's replies. What concerns me is that in the canal, where he is, it can be extremely shallow at low tide and one can walk across to the other side. If the goose is unable to fly, a dog can get him. My son caught a Canada goose at the pond down the street that had been mangled and had a broken neck from a dog. Sadly, he had to be euthanized.
I don't think he will make it where he or she is. I know geese can pretty well defend themselves but people can also be cruel. I can see someone retaliating if the goose defends itself against the person's dog.
I called a local person that has a farm full of all kinds of fowl but he won't take anything from the outside for fear of disease. I understand that. I also left a message for the wildlife rehab person nearby but haven't heard back yet.
I will let you all know how this turns out.
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Old 04-26-2014, 04:55 AM
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Nature will take care of itself. If the world wasn't reasonably safe for geese, there wouldn't be so many of them.

And people here are right. Geese and other water fowl are far from defenseless.
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Old 04-26-2014, 10:43 AM
 
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Yes, a gander can be mean, aggressive, and defend itself, but perhaps a bit of reality is in order. Going after a dog or person that is not looking for trouble is not the same as fending off a predator determined to kill and eat it. Adult geese have been killed by domestic cats and foxes on occasion, although usually a goose is able to drive them off. Any predator larger is too much, and the goose is in trouble. Bobcats, coyotes, and large raccoons will prey on geese.
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Old 04-26-2014, 02:24 PM
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Sure some geese get eaten. That's obvious. But many don't. It's the risk every wild animal lives with. We can't and shouldn't interfere with all of them.
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Old 04-26-2014, 06:52 PM
 
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Sure some geese get eaten. That's obvious. But many don't. It's the risk every wild animal lives with. We can't and shouldn't interfere with all of them.
It's not a wild goose! It is domestic and was raised by people! I am not interfering with all "wild" animals! I simply want to help a goose that was someone's pet and relies on people for care and not see it die a horrible death. Is that so wrong?
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