This goose can’t be cooked

Canadian Goose hisses at the photographer in this early 2020 picture. (Dan Gray/
A Gosling feeds on grass near Tenaris, June 9, 2021 (Dan Gray/

Have you seen this face?

Although these members of the avian family may be wanted for various crimes including but not limited to excessive lawn fertilization, grass destruction, aggravated assault by wing, harassment, and impeding traffic, they are still protected and can’t be killed in Canada.

SaultOnline has been made aware of five separate incidents in the past six weeks regarding Canadian Geese being killed on our local roadways.

A witness to one incident said the motorist sped up when they saw 2 adult geese crossing the road near Tenaris.

Other locations we have been made aware of include-

  • Third Line between People’s Road and GNR
  • Korah Road, near the pond at Rossmore
  • Mill Market road headed to Whitefish Island
  • Bay street

This is the time of year when geese start to molt, losing all their flight feathers, meaning they are unable to fly. Add to the mix that many are protecting their young and will charge at any perceived threat, resulting a bad combination. The short grass found near roadways is a favourite treat and geese seemingly have no sober second thought when it comes to crossing a roadway.

Canadian Geese and all migratory birds are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Act and you can face stiff penalties if convicted of killing them unlawfully.

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  1. I find it disturbing that someone would speed up to try and hit a goose,duck,or any wildlife. Yes, there are times when it can’t be avoided, and the choice between a crash causing personal.injury or striking a small obvious, but to deliberately attempt to kill a goose is disturbing.

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