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So I'm here in the middle of the sticks with family and friends for the holiday weekend.  Out of the blue Saturday morning a goose comes walking up obviously having been attacked by SOMETHING, part of one wing is sticking out sideways.  Of course the entire family, all 17 of us, starting befriending this goose and talking to it, figuring it will see everyone,get startled and leave...wrong...lol.  well, it's now 14 hours later and this goose is pacing outside of the screened in porch just staring at everyone.  I went outside to vape and the goose started following me.  The faster I walk, the faster the goose waddles behind me with the occasional soft squawk. Then, when I go inside the porch, the thing starts squawking even louder as if to say...hey, yo, what about me?!??!  Lol  I have no clue who we could call or should call but now its 10:30pm on a Saturday night.  We're all speculating if it's a domestic goose that got misplaced or it lost its mate and its latching onto us humans?   Any ideas what to do?  This lodge we're visiting does not normally have someone here all the time...its more a getaway lodge.  Any ideas?

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Wow, I've never had this happen to me.  That's a tough situation, because the bird is in a very bad survival situation.  One part of me thinks that you have been presented with a dinner.  Another part of me thinks that you should call some sort of wildlife rescue.  In the end, is it worth hundreds of dollars to have a professional come out to tend to the goose?

Have you tried physically scaring off the goose?  Right now, it views you as friends.  Would it do the same if you threw rocks and sticks at it?  Would it stick around if you shot it with a super low powered bb gun?  I know this sounds cruel, and in some ways it is..... but, what is the alternative?  Should you take the goose in and tend to it's wounds?  Should the goose be allowed to die, giving sustenance to nature? 

According to this website, it's a good likelihood that the male goose is protecting a nest nearby. 
 
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Howdy Mike, welcome to permies !

What color is the goose? Just wondering if it looks to be wild or domesticated? Are there any neighboring farms that might have lost one?

Do you have a local phone book or can you search for local numbers?

Just wondering if there might be a local veterinarian or county animal control person you could call to get some advise?
 
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Miles Flansburg wrote:Howdy Mike, welcome to permies !

What color is the goose? Just wondering if it looks to be wild or domesticated? Are there any neighboring farms that might have lost one?

Do you have a local phone book or can you search for local numbers?

Just wondering if there might be a local veterinarian or county animal control person you could call to get some advise?



It's a white and black goose.  I wish I had taken a picture before it got dark. But it's got a black and white body, white neck, black beak.

Where we're located is an old hunting lodge that was built over 30 years ago when there was nothing else nearby.  Now, there are a handful of houses one of which does have a relatively small crop of corn.  The homeowner says he sees all kinds of wildlife including geese, deer, wild turkeys, all kinds of stuff.  Plus, he has a small pier where he fishes and crabs.

I haven't heard the goose squawk since my post but I also haven't walked around outside the house.  As for "dinner"?  Trust me, the thought had crossed many minds...lol. But I think most of us here are more nurturing than hunters...lol. At this point, I think we're waiting til morning to see if he makes it through the night.  My gut tells me he wanted us to let him/her into the porch to provide sanctuary I'm case whatever got ahold of him last night is still around.  I guess we'll find out in the morning.   I doubt anyone will want to pitch on the couple hundred dollars to have someone come out...I would think there would be SOME organization that would just come rescue the animal...I guess not, we'll see what happens in the morning.

Thanks for the input.

Mike
 
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I don't know where you are located though it seems to me a call to the "Parks and Wildlife" or what ever the name of the Licensing Dept for hunting licenses could provide you with information or they will come pick up the goose.

The next solution would be to take it to the nearest veterinary doctor.  Where our daughter worked they were always taking in injured wildlife.  We once had an opossum living in our home.
 
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We're deep in South eastern Virginia a couple of miles inland by boat. 

The goose is still here, even through a night of thunderstorms.
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"There are ZERO organizations that will COME OUT and go on a ‘wild goose chase’ to bring this duck or goose into a rehab center.  We are all volunteers, using our own gas money, our own time, and our own resources.  If we drove out to every site where someone reported a injured duck or goose, we would never see our families, and we would all go broke." ... " If the bird can WALK, FLY, OR SWIM – We don’t stand a chance in catching it.  We’re very sorry but we have to ask that the public contain these birds and get them to a rehabber.  We just do not have the staff to ‘rescue’ them the way that we can with some other species. "   From - http://www.wildlifehotline.com/reptilebird/ducks-geese/
 
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This is from Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries

Injured Birds

A bird that needs help will have a physical injury (broken bones, lacerations, bleeding) or will run but cannot fly away (never chase an injured bird. This will frighten it and possibly cause more injuries). Also, a young bird that feels cold to the touch needs help. Any bird that has broken bones, bleeding, deformity, cat bites or other puncture wounds, maggots or warbles, tilting head, or large bubbles under the skin needs to be taken to your nearest wildlife veterinarian or wildlife rehabilitator for diagnosis and treatment. [Locate] by calling the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ toll-free wildlife conflict helpline at 1-855-571-9003, 8:00AM-4:30PM, Monday through Friday or visit the licensed wildlife rehabilitator section of this website.




https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/injured/
 
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That looks like a Canada goose and could have been part of a migrating flock given the time of year.  Funny that the behavior is so much like my domesticated Chinese goose.  I had to get a little gosling this spring to try and get it to stop stalking me.  While it was supposed to be a guardian to chickens, the guinea cock and rooster both bully the goose despite his being 3 times or more as big.

If not too difficult, I would inquire with the closest neighbors to see if any are missing a domesticated goose.  Next, I would try to call the Wildlife Dept. using the numbers Anne got for you. 

My adult goose is very easy to catch as A) he stalks me sometimes and is not afraid of me in the least so never runs away, B) has huge feet he trips over if he does try to run & C) has a very long neck with is a great thing to grab onto.  Not sure your visitor would be that easy to catch, but the behavior sure makes it seem it has been domesticated.

Let us know what happens. 
 
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This morning while going by my bank, there were 4 canadian geese in the parking lot.  I had a laugh thinking about your goose.  Has there been any update?
 
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Where I live, I often see geese with wings like that.  The owners break them to stop them flying away.
 
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I feel pretty lucky. Every time I've had to put a call into my local DNR there guy has been out within a couple of hours.
 
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