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Does Mace work on Geese?

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 21 April, 2010

I monitor which keyword phrases produce hits to the blog off of Google for SEO. Every now and then I get an unusual phrase showing up that directs a Google visitor to the site. So far this week, the best one was “Does Mace work on Geese?”

I’ll have to admit, I never really thought about using pepper spray on a goose. I do have several geese living at our pond. We start out with our regularly returning goose family at the beginning of each spring, and they hatch about a 1/2 dozen chicks (which grow very fast in to fully grown geese). Then by the end of the summer, there are several other geese attracted to the pond. I haven’t ever counted, but we end up with a well over 50 goose gaggle.

I’m not going to go out and hose one down with pepper spray to see what happens. I don’t want a goose-hugging hippy PETA agent on me, and I like my geese as I have never been attacked by one. But I’d have to make the educated conclusion that – Yes, Mace and pepper spray would in fact affect a goose, if you are being attacked by one.

Pepper Spray is an inflammatory agent, when someone – human, canine or bird is sprayed with OC pepper spray, they would become temporarily blinded by the burning spray dilating the capillaries in their eyes. Additionally, if the target is capable of breath, the breathing tissues suffer instant inflammation, restricting all but life support breathing, as well as causing nausea and the target to cough uncontrollably.

So pepper spray should have little to no effect on a vampire or zombie goose, but a regular old Canadian goose would have a rough time.

The problem with pepper spraying an aggressive goose is that their heads are very small compared to a human. If you have a stream spray pattern on your pepper spray, you will find it extremely difficult to hit the target goose in the face. You would be much better equipped with a fogging model, which requires you to be less pin-point accurate.

It seems if there appears to be a goose attack epidemic somewhere requiring Mace, Alfred Hitchcock’s estate should be notified that The Birds may be ready to get remade into The Geese… I guess it could happen.

Have you ever been attacked by a goose?

Other Related Blog Posts and Information:
Pepper Spray for Lions, Tigers and Bears
Fake Coyotes cause a stir, Geese are Unimpressed
Pepper Spray FAQ, Pepper Spray Techniques Guide

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Fake Coyotes cause a stir, Geese are unimpressed.

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 14 August, 2008

A bunch of fake wooden cutout coyotes are fooling motorists on the islands in Wolf Lake near Hammond, Indiana. However, the ducks and geese that they are supposed to be scared off are not discouraged. These islands in Wolf Lake are protected wetlands, and two-dimensional phony coyotes were set up to try to prevent the fowl from eating seeds and fresh shoots from the local flora. I would have imagined decoy wolves would have been chosen for Wolf Lake, but they opted for coyotes.

It is reported that the geese were fooled for a short time, but within a few weeks were on to the ploy. However, motorists and neighbors are continuing to be fooled and keep reporting dogs trapped on the islands. Even PETA and city officials got involved to inspect the wooden coyotes that an Army Corps of Engineers contractor devised over two years ago.

“The geese are very wary of them, then eventually they figure it out,” said a spokesperson for the contractor. “They’re very striking when you first come upon them. I could see how it would be for someone driving by at 70 miles per hour.” Yeah, looking at the picture, they are very “realistic”… Guess you need to be smarter than a goose.

Apparently, the wetland plants are now past the point where the fake coyote guards are necessary, so they can be safety removed and the plants will continue to thrive. “They don’t seem to be doing any good anymore and it appears they are upsetting some people,” said the spokesperson.

I say leave them up. The ducks and geese seem to like them.

I wouldn’t suggest using these diversion coyotes to protect your home, but if you are looking for a unique option to fake out burglars, you may consider our specially designed diversion safes.

Security experts estimate that most burglars will only spend about 8 minutes in your house. They are in a hurry and will attempt to grab the most obvious valuable items. The burglar certainty isn’t that bright, and may have even been fooled by a wooden coyote, but will follow the course of least resistance in ransacking your home.

That’s why Diversion Safes work so effectively. Sure some idiots who break into your house might know that these Decoy Safes exist, but they are going to be scared and in a hurry. These creeps just want to get in and out, grabbing what they can quickly.

We have a wide variety diversion safes that look like personal care items, household products and food containers. Your valuables can be secretly hidden inside these look-a-like diversion safes and kept in their seemingly rightful places. These diversion safes are indistinguishable from the genuine product and are even weighted to feel full. Out of our soda cans, cleaning products, books or flower pots, pick the ones that will blend in best with what’s in your home.

And if you end up coming across a real coyote, you may be interested in having one of our ultrasonic dog repellers or Mace Pepper Spray for dogs. Designed for canines, these products work effectively on most dog-like animals including coyotes.

Be Safe, Be Prepared, and Be smarter than a Goose. Don’t be fooled by scary wooden cutouts. Grrr.

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