After work on Monday, May 25, I went to Clague Park to look for goose families. We needed to foster some orphaned Canada Goose goslings we had a the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center (LENSC) and I knew there were some compatible families there. Once my coworker, Kyle, and I arrived, we spotted families right away. We opened the kennel and the three orphans scooted out right to their new family.
Introducing the goslings to their new foster family.
While we were there, I remembered we had been receiving calls about a goose wrapped in fishing line. So, Kyle and I walked over to the flock and we spotted her right away. As we were slowly separating her from the flock, I told Kyle that we need to walk her towards the woods – figuring it would make it easier to catch her. Once we got to the woods she bolted. Kyle attempted to grab her and missed. I knew if I didn’t get her this time we’d likely never get her.
The goose ran down towards the water at full speed, me on her tail. I ran down the hill as fast as I could and right before she got to the water I cut in front of her and grabbed her. It was a split second decision, but I got her! We took her to LENSC and had a close look at the wound.
The fishing line was wrapped so tight the body walled it off with a layer of skin. Luckily, we just had to cut the line and pull it through! We kept her on pain meds and antibiotics for a week and then she was more than ready to go!
On Saturday, May 30, we got to take her back home!
Back home! Good luck!.