When I was young it was somewhat uncommon to see a Canadian goose in my neck of Indiana. I can recall one of my more colorful uncles going to great, mostly unsuccessful, lengths to get a pair of geese to nest on the ponds of his property. It was a real treat for a central Indiana Hoosier to witness “wild” geese coming in for a landing. Very cool.
Today, central Indiana Hoosiers are not so excited to see these beautiful birds. They have become domesticated. They live around subdivision retention ponds waiting to be fed. Some of them have forgotten how to migrate. Some of them are so foolhardy that they won’t even move out of the way for an oncoming car.
So how did something so novel become a nuisance?