A goose at Sullivan’s Pond that was experiencing some distress on icy portions of the Pond is now in the care of the Hope for Wildlife Society.
HRM responded to concerns from the public yesterday, Jan. 3, who recognized some geese were unable to secure their footing on the ice, preventing them from moving to a safe place. All remaining 12 geese are now off the ice and the one goose that has been removed is now being checked out by the Hope for Wildlife Society and will remain in their care until it’s determined what will be its safest environment.
At one time, HRM moved the geese to a Hope for Wildlife Society facility to shelter them during the colder winter months but, this year, the plan was for the geese to remain at Sullivan’s Pond as they didn’t tend to use the shelter at the facility.
Hope Swinimer, Director of the Hope for Wildlife Society, assessed the remaining geese and feels there is little risk to their safety or well-being if they continue to stay at the Pond. She also feels it’s important to react very quickly if a goose is spotted ‘down’ on the ice and not able to get up. She’s confident the new location HRM has chosen for the feeding station will give much easier access for the geese.
HRM will however continue to closely monitor them on a daily basis and respond appropriately if there continue to be concerns.