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May 13, 2014

Residents keep avian family comfortable

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NORMAN —

Not only is it detrimental to disturb the nest, but it also is against the law, Large said.

According to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, it is against the law to handle or tamper with any of the birds, especially those in the nesting process.

Norman Animal Welfare Supervisor John Bowman said the nesting habits of geese can be hard to understand, but the process behind finding a sufficient nesting area isn’t a simple one.

“Looking at the nesting habits of geese, it’s better to leave her alone because she has picked a place that she feels is safe for her,” Bowman said.

With the best interests of the goose in mind, Bowman said it would be a mistake to try to relocate the goose before her goslings hatch.

“I thought, ‘Why don’t we get her and move her,’” Bowman said. “But from what I understand, that’s the worst thing you could do.”

Moinian said they were not expecting the goose to stay, but then realized the parking lot had become more than just a hangout spot for the birds.

Attracting attention from customers and employees, Moinian said caring for the goose has become a group effort.

“This is our first goose experience,” Moinian said, “but our goal is to make her feel as comfortable as possible.”

Three weeks and two umbrellas later, the mother goose still sits on her nest, as Sam’s Club employees check on her daily, Moinian said.

The mother goose will rarely leave her nest, but when she does, the father is close behind. Moinian said the father goose can be seen patrolling the parking lot to protect his family.

Since moving the goose isn’t an option, Sam’s Club employees brought the shelter to her.

“The community is pulling together to help the mama goose by giving her a little shade, food and some comfort,” Moinian said.

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