Endurance, tolerance wanted when coping with nesting geese, Guelph Humane Society says

2021-04-19 20:52:05

The Guelph Humane Society is reminding residents to be conscious of nesting Canada geese over the following three to 4 weeks as a result of they are often very aggressive whereas defending their eggs and infants.

The group says whereas some nests are in odd or inconvenient locations, geese decide their nesting areas with particular intentions.

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“We regularly get calls from involved folks, apprehensive about nests in parking heaps or different odd areas,” mentioned Lisa Veit, affiliate director of the humane society.

“However in reality, parking heaps would make sense to geese for nesting. Geese search for flat, open areas to nest with little or no to no vegetation in order that they’ll have a view of potential predators throughout them.”

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Whereas the humane society is asking for residents to tolerate their behaviour, it additionally famous that the neighborhood will legally need to put up with nesting geese as they’re protected beneath the Migratory Fowl Conference Act.

Which means it’s unlawful to harass geese or hurt their nest and it limits what animal companies officers can do in the case of nests on non-public property.

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“It is a essential time for geese. Attempt to keep away from them throughout their nesting season,” Veit mentioned.

“In the event that they nest close to a busy constructing entrance, use an alternate entrance. Put up an indication telling folks to keep away from the doorway. We are able to change our habits for just some weeks, and in lower than a month the nest will probably be deserted and so they’ll transfer on with their younger.”

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Drivers are additionally being reminded to be careful for geese on the street, with the humane society saying there have been quite a lot of geese fatally struck by autos within the final week.

Whereas animal companies can’t contact or take away a nest, the humane society would love residents to name 519-824-3091 if a goose is sick, injured or in peril.

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