Italian town declares war on 'aggressive' geese

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They’ve been described as the best guard animals that exist, but the more quirky characteristics of geese are causing angst among residents in a town in the northern Italian region of Trentino-Alto Adige.

The region is home to an array of dangerous wild animals, such as wolves, bears and boars. But this is not what is fuelling fear over public safety in the town of Mori.

The recently-elected mayor, Stefano Barozzi, is instead waging war against what he says are “aggressive” geese, issuing an order on June 23rd to have them “captured and removed” from the Mori side of the Adige river, Trento Today reported on Tuesday.

In recent months, the animals have allegedly been wrecking havoc, engaging in all sorts of wrongdoing such as wandering into private and public property, to such an extent that they are now seen as a threat to public safety.

The most vulnerable group are cyclists taking a ride along the river bank, and those living in river-side homes, particularly children and the elderly, the mayor said.

Their presence has reportedly “heightened the sense of insecurity” among residents, with many making complaints to the police.

But on a Facebook page dedicated to the town of almost 10,000, other residents were baffled by the move.

“Do they not have anything else to do?” asked one commenter. “They wage a war against aggressive geese. Well, I have not read in any newspaper about anyone being attacked by a goose.”

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Another wrote: “I can propose the same for bears, wolves, wild boars, dinosaurs and wild coyote.”

Geese might get a bad rap in Mori, but according to National Geographic magazine, they’re the best guard animals anyone could have, owing to their incredible eyesight and hearing. They are also extremely defensive of their territory, and aren’t easily distracted or lured with food, as guard dogs can be. 

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