Some animals, even when they’re wild, are able to be controlled easily. Some are frightful enough of human activity and humans themselves that they rather bolt away in fear rather than stick around long enough to find out exactly what a human might be up to. This is not the case with your average Canadian Goose! I’d never suspected that a Canadian Goose could be a violent animal until I started working in Canada Geese control in NJ in order to help a local retirement home to rid themselves of these apparently insane animals who have absolutely no fear of humans or even other animals. I watched one of these winged terrors launch itself bodily at a landscaper who was actually on his lawnmower. Unfortunately for the Goose, it didn’t end well. I’m sure you can imagine what sort of bloody aftermath was left behind after that. It’s why we were called in for ‘pest’ control.
They had been attacking the landscapers for several weeks by the time that we got there and were asked to survey the situation. At first we could only glance at one another in absolute bemusement at the thought of killer Geese. We setup shop to watch the comings and goings of the animals to better understand their behavior patterns. It’s then that we saw multiple attacks on humans. Whether it was the elderly who were only walking by the pond, a jogger with their dog or the landscapers themselves it seemed as if a handful of the male Geese were viciously territorial. They would attack no matter how large the opponent or even if they were outnumbered. We suspected they had nests but were unable to find a single egg which only cemented the fact that they are clearly insane to attack grown humans.