Hissing Canada Goose Greets Iowa Shoppers

DES MOINES, Iowa - Customers of a south side print shop beware of the hissing goose. For the second year in a row, a Canada goose has made the front door area of Artcraft Inc., her home. Mother Goose, as she's called, greets customers by hissing at them.

Last year, she hatched a gosling just a few feet from the front door. She has already made a nest this year.

"I had one customer call from a cell phone and ask if she would bite," said Judi Williams, the company's office manager. "She hisses, but she doesn't bite. Otherwise, everybody thinks she's pretty cool."

Iowa Department of Natural Resources officials said geese have no teeth and don't carry rabies. They rarely nip, but are known to hiss when people or animals invade their space.

There are about 80,000 Canada geese in Iowa, said Guy Zenner, a state waterfowl research biologist.

"You're going to see things like this," Zenner said.


Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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