Rescued geese relocated to Chestnut Hill Reservoir
The rooftop of the Brighton Marine Health Center has been a nesting place for the two adult geese for a number of years, and ARL has assisted several times in the past to relocate the geese and goslings from this location.
A Problem Nesting Area
A rooftop is seemingly a perfect place to nest for geese – there’s plenty of open space and the birds are safe from predators.
However, the danger lies in the fact that goslings can’t fly.
There’s a risk of falling, and if something were to happen to the adult geese, the goslings would have no direct access to a food source and would be unable to get off the roof on their own.
Once on-scene with Boston Animal Control, ARL’s Field Service agent noticed the female goose perched on the ledge of the rooftop, with the goslings nearby.
The female was able to be trapped with a net and then placed into a carrier, and with mom netted, the goslings were fairly easy to corral and get into a carrier.
The male goose was at ground level, so with mom and goslings in tow, agents turned their attention on trapping him.
While running and flying in short bursts, the male was concerned for his mate and offspring and never strayed too far.
Finally, agents were able to sandwich the male between them and the building, making it easier to deploy a net to trap the concerned dad.
Once the family was trapped, ARL and Boston Animal Control transported the geese to the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, located just minutes down the road, and released them back into the water.
The geese adjusted quickly to their new environment, and proceeded to swim along the shore in order to find a new place to nest.
About ARL Field Services
ARL Field Services provides technical and non-technical rescue operations for injured or lost domestic animals, livestock, and raptors (turkey vultures, osprey, hawks, eagles, falcons, and owls).
ARL Field Services also assists governmental agencies like Boston Animal Control with equipment, training, and on-scene scene assistance; and plays an essential role in assisting ARL Law Enforcement in cases of animal cruelty, neglect, and abuse.
If you need assistance, call (617) 426-9170 to reach ARL Field Services dispatch, which operates from 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM Tuesday-Saturday.