It’s that time of year when Winnipeg residents cry foul over aggressive geese.
The big migratory birds are all over town this time of year, and some of them can be quite violent when defending their nests.
If a goose starts hissing at you and looks ready to throw down, there are a couple of things you should know.
Don’t let it start a wild goose chase. You shouldn’t run away from an aggressive goose, according to Barret Miller of Fort Whyte Alive, tempting as it may be.
If you do, you’re just encouraging it to assert its dominance and chase you.
“That is going to encourage an attack,” said Miller. “The message you’re sending is, ‘I’m weaker than you, if you chase me I’m going to run, and if you make contact you’re probably going to win.’”
So what should you do?
“Step back, turn your shoulders square to it, and point at the goose,” Miller said.
Ninety five per cent of the time, that will be the end of it. Miller said the goose will realize how much bigger you are than it, and it will back off. Maintain eye contact and just walk, don’t run away.
And on the rare occasions that doesn’t work?
“Put one leg forward, protect all the soft bits right around waist level,” Miller instructs. “One arm up to protect your face, hold it three stooges style so you don’t get poked in the eyes, and with your free hand be ready to push that goose away.”
– Global News Reporter Rob Mahon