NDHQ deals with a seasonal threat

National Defence Headquarters message to personnel: Please be mindful of the Canadian geese that live at NDHQ (Carling). Spring and Summer are their breeding season and they can become aggressive and territorial if they perceive a threat to their nest or their offspring.

If you encounter a goose / geese that is displaying aggressive behavior, it is important to remain calm and keep your distance.

We would recommend the following steps to help resolve the situation:

  • Remain calm and do not panic.
  • Give the goose plenty of space and avoid getting too close.
  • Do not attempt to feed or touch the goose, as this can further provoke them.
  • Try to move away slowly and quietly without turning your back to the goose. Maintain eye contact while you back away.
  • If the goose charges or hisses, raise your arms to appear larger and back away slowly.
  • If you were attacked, seek medical attention and contact OHS at CFSU.O.SO.requirements@forces.gc.ca

Please respect the natural habitat of these animals. Do not disturb their nests or eggs.

This message is being sent on behalf of Colonel A.J. Delhommeau, Commander of Canadian Forces Support Group (Ottawa-Gatineau) and Base Commander of Canadian Forces Base Ottawa-Gatineau, to all recipients in the National Capital Region (NCR).


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