Canada geese are territorial and can be a danger to passersby when nesting. Please be mindful and attentive this spring. You should not feed the geese. Avoid nesting areas to limit the chance of interactions.

To prevent/stop a goose attack:

•Stare down your attacker. Canada geese have excellent vision and will be able to perceive where you are looking and how you are reacting to them. Do not close or squint your eyes.

•Slowly back away. Don’t turn your back or stop looking at the goose. Use your peripheral vision to guide you around obstacles in your path.

•Do not act hostile, remain neutral in your demeanor. Do not hit, kick or swing at the goose. This will only agitate them more, and may even bring the female off her nest to support her spouse in the attack. If you remain neutral, you are less of a threat.

•If the goose flies toward your face, duck, duck or... (don’t goose), move away at a 90 degree angle to the direction of flight still facing your attacker. The best solution is to take precautions so that Canada geese and human interactions are limited.

NOTE: Canada geese are protected under the Migratory Bird Act. It is against the law to bring harm to any Canada goose, gosling or egg, which is why it is important to understand the behaviors of the geese.

-Submitted by Tia Elkington, Safety officer for Grelton Bluebirds and Prize Livestock 4-H Club

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