I’ve just been notified of another incident of the hazards associated with unbalanced wildlife presence in urban environments. The Opp officer near Barrie Ontario was in collision with a Canada goose ( average weight is 20lbs per adult goose). Most geese are in a biological molt cycle right now and do not fly. I would suspect this goose was not flying but walking on the roadway between medians when the incident occurred, which is very common scenario on highways in Southern Ontario these days. I don’t have all the facts on the incident, but based on biology of geese in the region and behavioural characteristics of them, its a good chance this is what transpired. http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/opp-id-officer-who-crashed-after-hitting-flying-goose-1.1887504
Highways or Bi-ways, runways or taxiways… Birds are hazardous!
Canada geese are in the midst of their molt cycle. Their goslings have all hatched and mother nature protects the young which cannot fly by having the adults lose their flying feathers, essentially keep the adults with the growing goslings. This molt cycle happens between first week of June until the third week of July, when all the geese grow flying feathers and flock together. During the molt cycle, control programs vary substantially. Relocations and disbursement of large or small gaggles of geese has to be very strategic and most always conducted under special Environment Canada permits.
So when your travelling at this time of year, keep and eye out for wondering geese on the roadways and trailways, as these large menacing poop producers can cause you more harm than you expect.