Originally Posted by Sophie19
There is a Canadian goose in my front yard. I live in a fairly urban area, and have never had a goose in my yard. He seems to walk around fine but I have yet to see him attempt to fly. He will walk right up to me. I tried to lure it into my dogs crate but he wouldn't go in. Smells to much like dog I guess. I would like to capture it and take it to my vet to see if anything is wrong with it. But I don't know how to catch it. Should I leave it be? We gave it some dog kibble and a water bowl. It's just hanging out in my front yard now.
Um, I agree with other posters -- why do you want to catch it? It's probably fine. They generally don't fly unless they're headed somewhere in particular a long way off. They like to just meander about, chewing the grass and leaving the remains ALL OVER YOUR YARD. I would advise NOT to try to catch it, they are very strong and can be quite vicious. I didn't see the pic, so I don't know how old it is though, but even a 10 lb goose is a fight. They have strong wings, necks, beaks and, yes, claws! (but I think they are called nails on geese; either way they still inflict pain.)
If you want it to hang around and come back every year, feed it stale bread, whole grain from the barn, or cheerios. It'll come back every year until it finds a mate. When that happens, it depends who is boss of the relationship or who has the better territory.
If you like, you can make friends with Cda Geese. It will eat from your hand, sit with you, follow you around, whatever. They make great guard animals actually also. For a stupid bird, they're pretty smart.