Airborne forces from Canada have been causing a lot of trouble for American soldiers at Oklahoma’s Fort Sill- and they’ve been doing so for years.
Canadian Geese who have taken up residence at Fort Sill are renowned for their aggressive behavior, going so far as to attack passing soldiers for no reason and prompting formations of troops to scatter in an effort to avoid be wing-lashing.
The geese are a staple at Fort Sill, often defending their nests during the Spring months, and protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act- with a steep $10,000 fine for destroying a nest or eggs.
Earlier this month, the geese made internet fame after “Steve” attacked a formation of troops.
According to The Fort Sill Tribune, the only way for the geese to be removed is to destroy the eggs in the nest, which requires federal wildlife agents to kill baby geese under a permit that lasts from March 1 to June 30.
In short, the geese aren’t going anywhere, and soldiers had best get used to them.
However, the geese aren’t hated by everyone on post- the staff and visitors of the Reynolds Health Clinic are usually big fans, often with a devoted following among staff and patients- one goose even had a personalized water dish given to her last year.
During hatching season, the sight of baby goslings following their mother is a sight that many enjoy, particularly after the adult geese simmer down.
While the geese can be a nuisance, they tend to be a seasonal attraction or affliction, respectively, that tend to come and go on their own.
Not even the mighty US Army -with or without PT belts- can stop Mother Nature.
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