What to do next:
I have noticed so far that a great many people are interested and want to help but it seems everyone is at a different point in understanding of what to do next. I figured I would take this opportunity to come up with several tasks that hopefully people will be interested in taking on.
As of right now our main goal is to come up with a plan to deal with the issue of the ‘aggressive’ geese as these geese were not given the 2-3 week postponement and still face immediate danger. I seriously urge anyone considering moving geese on their own to seek legal and professional guidance as this may be dangerous to you, the geese, or your freedom/finances. By acting professionally we will be given a great deal more tolerance and leeway than by acting out of fear or anger.
These are the problems with the ‘aggressive’ geese:
1. Geese have been reported to attack children around the property.
2. Geese have stopped people on the path and kept them from the apartments.
I realize many feel these complaints are unfounded but you should try to put yourself in the shoes of those who are making them. Maybe they really are afraid, I don’t know who they are and so long as we treat them as our enemies they will never show their faces and allow us to help them learn to live with the geese and not just fear them. Less enemies is always better. For some reason these people are afraid of geese and we can’t immediately say, without knowing, that their reason is unjust. Show them we care about their welfare too and maybe we can make very important allies.
As for solutions to these problems the following ideas are suggested, more are always welcome:
1. Find a place for these geese to live temporarily while a long term solution is worked on.
2. Find some form of sanctuary for these geese to move to permanently.
3. Find some form of rehabilitation for these geese to go to in order to bring them back around to society.
4. Bring in professionals from Fish and Wildlife and animal treatment centers to have a day at Amador Lakes devoted to teaching people and their children ways to live safely with the geese.
5. Prove that the geese truly are not at fault and these attacks are provoked.
To accomplish these solutions I suggest that each person interested pick a task from the below list and make it there own. Some may require multiple people but it would be helpful if people would post which task they picked and what they plan to do. If you have a different task or goal in mind please also post that as many people are looking for ways to help.
1. Seek out farms, sanctuaries, and place of refuge that may be willing to hold these birds temporarily. It may be necessary that they stay caged or otherwise tied during this temporary stay but again, this is a call that needs to be made by a professional.
2. Seek out places that want geese but do not have children/elderly people who may not be able to handle these more aggressive geese. Be creative, it doesn’t hurt to ask. You have the whole internet to search.
3. Talk to shelters and animal rehabilitation centers to find out what they know about un-domesticating these animals or any other options they may know of. Talk to people who have been doing this before.
4. Find ways to realistically go about creating some form of ‘Goose Day’ where people are educated about geese by professional on site. Talk to the Fish and Wildlife Services and animal hospitals to find out who may be willing to help.
5. Again, contact professionals in the animal industry to learn if these behaviors are due to something wrong with the geese or inappropriate human contact. I can hardly imagine the management could be held liable if it was proven that a goose attack was provoked.
6. Raise awareness with animal lovers everywhere to help us find solutions.
7. How motivated are you? Form a sanctuary or rehab if none exists. This likely would take longer than we have here but this is an ongoing problem across more than just our country. Sometimes the solution must lie in saving the next group of geese.
8. Research actions taken by lovers of animals deemed unacceptable to society (pit bulls) and what they have done to protect there loved ones.
9. Research the legality of what is going on. For this you should start with the Fish and Wildlife Services and work back from what you learn there.
Remember that when a solution does not present itself that is your best opportunity to change the world. Finding or creating an effective way to solve this problem could change the way geese everywhere are treated.
Things not to do:
1. Harass the management who are already working with us, the issue of not being informed is still there but we should worry about that when this is done.
2. Complain to each other. We know the problem, lets put our energy into solving it.
3. Waste time. These geese lives are at stake, time is very important.
Thank you for all your previous effort, let us not stop now that we are ahead.