In Your Face: Aggressive Action

by Wayne Ren-Cheng

Yesterday I was walking on the sidewalk in an industrial part of St. Louis. All around the area were small lakes that attracted hundreds of Canadian Geese. They were everywhere . . . in the parking lots, the street, and gathered near the sidewalk. I wasn’t paying them much attention, until . . .


One large male, they can stand three feet high and weigh more than 15 pounds, was sitting near the sidewalk. As I got close he suddenly rose up, spread his wings and with a loud hiss, rushed at me and struck out at me with his beak. Startled, I jumped back. The bird continued stalking toward me, hissing and jabbing his head forward. His aggression was easily recognizable.

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