I was stopped in traffic today because all the cars on the road had to wait for a flock of about thirty Canadian Geese to cross.
It’s really insane. They know that no one and nothing here will hurt them, so they have absolutely no fear of anything, not even cars. And the temperature is apparently acceptable to them all year round, so they’ve completely stopped migrating, so every little lake in the county–and there are a lot of little lakes, most of them man-made–and probably in the entire state, for that matter, has a permanent flock of geese living in its environs.
They’re the new avian pest. Move over, pigeons–the geese are here!
I’m sure they’re not a problem in highly urban areas, but in the suburbs, they’re a real nuisance.
It makes me wonder, though. What happens to them when they die? Do the groundskeepers in the parks, school campuses, et cetera, have to go in and remove the goose corpses? What happens to them then? Just chucked in the trash? That seems gross, but I’m not sure what else they could do with them, unless they wanted to dig a hole and bury them.