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Canada Goose Harasses Monroe Seniors, Is Now Rehabbing in Weston

A large flock of Canada Geese on the Wolfe Park football field, next to the Monroe Senior Center parking lot.
A large flock of Canada Geese on the Wolfe Park football field, next to the Monroe Senior Center parking lot.
Monroe Animal Control Officer Ed Risko could find no obvious injuries for a Canada Goose caught harassing patrons in the Monroe Senior Center parking lot, but based on its abnormal behavior, he says the bird is now rehabbing at Wildlife Crisis in Weston, where it will spend the winter in a heated bubble pond.

On Jan. 9, the lone Canada Goose spent the evening in the Monroe Senior Center parking lot, 235 Cutlers Farm Road, getting attention from patrons by chasing and blocking cars as senior citizens tried to go home.

Risko said the goose's odd behavior started the day before when it was seen in the Great Hollow Lake section of Wolfe Park next door. The bird was alone, laying against the building, and some people thought it was trying to face the sun and block the wind to stay warm, according to Risko.

The goose later made its way up Cutlers Farm Road, where Wolfe Park staff members let it spend the night in the warm garage of the maintenance building. The next morning, the goose was released and spent the day outside the senior center before harassing drivers that night.

Senior Center Dir. Barbara Yeager provided a cardboard shelter for the goose to sleep in that Thursday night.

The next morning, Risko said the goose was still hanging around in the parking lot, so it was captured and removed by Monroe Animal Control.
hal January 19, 2014 at 02:56 PM
Monroe seniors were cought harassing a Canada Goose at the Monroe Senior Center on Jan. 9. The seniors were following the goose around the parking lot and later were seen sitting in the sun trying to warm themselves. They spent the night in a cardboard box at the Senior Center and the next day were evacuated to Florida where they will spend the winter in a hot tub.
Kiley Blackman January 19, 2014 at 06:32 PM
Hal, LOL!
Laura Mae January 21, 2014 at 08:25 AM
Behavior does not sound unusual… would be pretty normal if goose was defending itself, its mate or a nest. By capturing it and relocating it, we've separated it from whatever it was protecting. When its flock returns, it won't be there to rejoin them.

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