Goose droppings can be harmful to humans as they may contain bacteria. If a human were to inhale or ingest the goose droppings, medical attention would be needed to prevent or treat illness.
Geese are very territorial animals. Goose attacks are rare, but they can happen. If you happen to come across a hostile goose or geese, there are some precautions you can take to avoid getting bitten or smacked by goose wings. If a goose feels threatened and begins to approach you, don't panic. Stop and start to back away. Do not turn away from a goose and keep an eye on it until it begins to back away as well. Do not run as this may cause the goose to chase you. Do not become hostile or it may escalate the situation with the goose. Most geese have been around humans long enough that they no longer fear us, that still does not mean they will not attack. If you get attacked by a goose, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Geese are very strong and can cause severe injury to a human or another animal. Injuries may even require a cast.
This Is How To Deal With Geese
If you feel geese are becoming a problem. You may need to inform the authorities or call upon professionals to find the most ethical way to protect you against geese or try and scare them away. As mentioned above, geese are very territorial so it would be best that you did not try to confront the geese on your own. Some professionals have techniques and methods to help you get rid of geese. Some put up fences to keep the geese away, and some may use scare tactics like putting orange flags around their home and yard. If there are geese in your area, do not feed them as they will become accustomed to this gesture and will return begging for more. Often if other geese see you are handing out food, they will all approach you wanting a piece. If you do not feed them and they become agitated, follow the steps above to de-escalate the confrontations. If you need help deciding what method is best to stop your goose problem, please feel free to contact us. We're glad to help.
Useful Information About Geese
Geese are waterfowl and strong creatures. Geese are herbivores. They have become used to living in human-altered areas. Geese prefer to inhabit urban areas where they have easy access to food and water, and the chances of encountering predators are slim to none. This choice of habitat usually causes homeowners to consider geese pests. They are loud, territorial, eat crops, leave droppings everywhere and beg for food. This behavior is a nuisance to humans and sometimes may create a conflict between geese and humans. Geese start slowly, but one sudden move and a goose will give chase. Geese can live up to 20 years in the wild.
Have you ever seen a flying V of geese? There is a reason for this formation. One reason is for flying efficiency. When the geese fly in the V formation, the wing flaps of the geese in front will help uplift the geese in the back; this is energetically efficient to them. The second reason is that it makes it easier for the geese to keep an eye on each other and communicate. The flying V formation helps with navigation and flock cohesion.
Geese are social animals. They often group together in gangs called broods. These broods can consist of 20 to 100 geese. The geese work together and switch off responsibilities. Some geese will go out and forage for food while some stay back to watch over the young.
Geese are monogamous creatures. They will usually find a partner that they will stay with for life. If a female goose is widowed, she may look for another mate.
How To Identify Geese
Geese vary in size and colors depending on their species. Although male and female geese are almost the same size, the male is slightly larger. The most common goose in North America is the Canadian Goose. This goose has a brown body, white neck and belly and a black face. Other species of geese can be white, black or brown. They can be between 2 to 3 feet long and can weigh up to 14 pounds. Geese are distinct from ducks as they have a more massive wingspan.