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Re: NFC: Continuing my weird wild life day

I don't know about Canada geese (though everyone in my family still has 
scars on their legs from my grandmother's nasty domestic geese...until 
grandpa chopped their heads off & we ate 'em :) nothing like being a farm 
girl!) but there are several cases of mute swans (a nasty non-native brought 
in by well-meaning idiots 'cause they're so pretty) drowning swimmers who 
came to close to their nests or young.


(oh, yes, harrassing a migratory bird *is* a federal offense, but if they 
don't migrate, most of us have lost all respect for them)

>From: "Larry" <lbn at iceprototyping_com>
>Reply-To: nfc at actwin_com
>To: <nfc at actwin_com>
>Subject: Re: NFC: Continuing my weird wild life day
>Date: Mon, 14 May 2001 18:57:09 -0500
>LMAO...now that's a great story.  Growing up on a lake in Michigan Canadian
>Geese would constantly come up in our laws and make awful messes.  We
>learned very young, not to mess with those things.  The 15 pound looking
>mother goose in the water looks like a 150 pound ape when you try to mess
>with its babies on land.  We heard all sorts of urban legends of people
>having their arms broken and the like by Canadian Geese.  I'd have to half
>believe it as mean as I've seen them.
>Thanks for the laugh,
> > As a young (and uh, dumb) adult, I thought it would be novel to capture 
>wild Canadian Goose chick from along side the Yellowstone River.  Hmmm,
>probably a federal crime in the making, if I don't miss my bet...As I
>approached, the mother goose hissed & arched her neck, but I, being of the
>great homo sapiens species, knew she would run from me as soon as I got
>close enough. Because, as we all know, all critters have come to fear
>mankind, right?  Wrong!!  That ol' mother goose beat the crap out of me 
>her wings (I did get my hands on a gosling, however temporarily) and then
>she and her babies proceeded to outrun me to the river. Once they reached
>the river, the humiliation was complete as my first step was into some soft
>muck/mud and my next was a faceplant into said muck/mud. All of a sudden, I
>had absolutely no desire to catch one of those "cute" little butterballs.
>Nope, none whatsoever!  And, standing over by our car, my worthless, beer
>drinking buddies couldn't stop l!
> > !
> > aughing.  Somehow, at the time,
> > it didn't seem so funny to me.
> >
> > Bruce Scott
> > Meridian, Idaho
> >

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