An ad-hoc guide on how to avoid getting “goosed” (Photo Gallery)

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Goslings can be seen here, swimming independent of Mom and Dad near Bellevue Park, Sault Ste. Marie, May 10, 2021 (Dan Gray/SaultOnline.com)

You are on a walk, the birds are chirping, the blackflies are biting and you’re enjoying nature.

If you have chosen the serenity which comes with walking near bodies of water in Northern Ontario, you might be worried about running into a Black Bears, Moose or other wild animals which may become aggressive towards you, and you should be prepared for that.

What you may not be ready for is an encounter with the seemingly harmless Canada Goose. Who at this time of year is notorious for it’s angry, aggressive and down right nasty attitude.

So what do you do when you come across these evil, hissing bundles of feathers, who are most likely just defending their little avian family.

A geeserelief.com article explains how dangerous and run-in may be.

“Goose attacks have resulted in broken bones, head trauma, and emotional distress. Many of these injuries occur when the person tries to avoid an attacking goose and trips and falls. If wild geese are fed by people, they lose their natural fear of humans and will often build their nests close to people.”

A quick internet search doesn’t show many Canadian websites giving advice on what to do when you encounter this hissing cobra chicken.

The State of Ohio Department of Natural Resources actually put out a report on “Human-Goose Conflict” which includes tips on what to do if you are in a hostile situation.

  • Waterfowl have excellent vision. Geese seem to pay very close attention to the eyes and body language of humans and other animals.
  • If a goose flies up towards your face, duck or move away at a 90-degree angle to the direction of flight, still facing the attacking goose.

If the goose makes an aggressive move towards or is hissing and/or spreading out its wings:

• Maintain direct eye contact and keep your chest and face pointed at the goose. Never turn your back or shoulders away from the hostile goose.
• Calmly and slowly back away, watching for obstacles. Never run from the goose.
• Maintain a neutral demeanor, i.e., do not act hostile or show fear.

Out of all the animals, common sense for most people would be you see a family of Canada Geese stay away, but now you know, if you encounter a random, angry Goose, what to do.