The Wadena News had an unusual visitor on Aug. 19 shortly after Lori Howe stopped in to alert us to a photo opportunity. A Canada goose was in Mike Pluhator’s back yard just down the street, she said, and didn’t seem to want to leave.
Grabbing a camera, a member of staff moseyed over and found the goose peeking through Mr. Pluhator’s back fence, just behind the Co-op grocery store. As soon as she spoke to the bird, it waddled over to the gate and came into the alley toward her.
Although it didn’t seem threatening, Canada geese can be dangerous and unpredictable so she hightailed it back to the office. The friendly bird followed her through the yard of Tompkins Funeral Home to the front step of the News, where it proceeded to gabble to its reflection in the door window as if requesting to be let inside.
The goose is willing to follow a new friend anywhere.
A phone call to the Ducks Unlimited office brought Chuck Deschamps over; he noted that the goose appeared to be a young one.
Conservation officer Dale Achtymichuk turned up shortly after with a net (though the bird was so tame it may not have been necessary) and a cage.
The goose was transported to the Wadena Wetlands and released to join a flock of its brethren.
A chat with Mr. Pluhator the next day revealed that he had left his garage door open and that’s how, he figures, the goose got into his yard.
By K. Johnson