Who would’ve known geese would be the hot topic of yesterday’s discussion? Everyone seemed to have a common feeling about these creatures; geese are evil, and they suck. Geese poop EVERYWHERE (my car is apparently a hot target for this), they can become pretty violent if you enter their territory, and they tend to make homes in traffic-heavy areas. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there are some people who feel opposite of this (I’ve seen my fair share of geese lovers at the parks). I, however, absolutely hate geese and get annoyed every time I see one. I feel like they’ve taken over and there is nothing I can do about it! I live fairly close to several parks, the closest and biggest one being Sharon Woods, and every time I go for a jog or a walk, it never fails I am surrounded by several geese looking for food or they’re chasing me away from their nests. After years of annoyance, I’ve finally sat down and taken the time to think about why there are so many geese, why they’ve become pests, and if humans are to blame for their annoyance.
When I sat down to think about it, I feel as humans, we can’t necessarily blame the geese for all the annoyance they cause. In my opinion, the geese are using our technologies to their benefit. It’s common to see a goose in an urban area, minding its business and acting natural (most likely destroying properties by leaving feces, tearing up grass, or holding up traffic). Geese like rural-like, grassy areas near water. They are attracted to these areas as they serve several purposes: food, a safe environment for nesting, and shelter. A lot of areas such as parks and golf courses are ideal for geese. There is endless food since the grass will be maintained, water from a man-made lake or pond, and protection from predators, especially in urban areas. But of course, humans and geese will face interaction in these areas as well. Us humans should at least understand two things: geese eat grass and attack when we get too close. These actions are natural and should be expected of geese. We should also accept the fact there is nothing we can really do about controlling the geese. These birds are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Act of 1918, which makes it illegal to harm a goose in any way without federal permission.
Personally, I think the act is a little outdated, even with the revisions. These birds are taking over more urban areas and it causing a big pain. Ironically enough, there is a family of geese gathered around my neighbor’s man-made pond playing in the water. Of course my neighbor tied to shoo them away and it didn’t work. But like I said earlier, you cannot blame the geese. It’s a “body of water” surrounded by grass, which is close to home for them. Geese just won’t go away!
Also, here is a video I saw a while back that relates to this, I thought it was kind of funny. “Man vs. Canada Goose (ORIGINAL)”