Wrexham park visitors on a wild goose chase

Reporter:

Liam Randall

VISITORS to a park have been left in flap by a pair of wild geese that have been terrorising people in the area.

Concerns have been raised by visitors to Acton Park after the two geese were seen acting aggressively towards members of the public, including young children – and even dogs.

They have also ruffled the feathers of members of Acton Park Community Angling Club.

Jason Brown, a committee member of the club, said: “When people come to the park to feed bread to the ducks the two geese can be quite intimidating.

“I think it’s a worry for young women with children and I’ve seen them hissing and chasing at people with kids before.

“They’ve also destroyed a number of plants that we’ve put in the lake to prevent algae from spreading.”

David Edge, vice-chairman of the angling club, said he was concerned the geese had been abandoned and dumped at the lake by people who could no longer cope with them.

“We think the first goose was abandoned by a local resident about 18 months ago,” he said.

“Then, not long after, we were fishing here one night when someone drove up to the lake in a van and just threw the second one out of the door and left it by the lake.

“They’re becoming a pain in the neck and there’s a lot of people afraid that the geese will bite them.”

Vic Cleveley, a retired photographer from Mold, was visiting Acton Park when he witnessed the geese chasing and hissing at two women walking through the park, and captured them on camera.

He said he was shocked by the viciousness of the geese.

“I know that geese can be nasty, but these two seemed nastier than usual,” he said.

“When I saw them they were taking on anything in sight including people and even a dog.”

“The two women they chased looked very scared and weren’t keen to walk past.”
Wrexham Council park ranger, Richard Aram, is now urging visitors to be aware of the birds.

"The geese have been resident at the lake for the last 18 months and they have proved to be a very vocal addition to the diverse bird population that lives on or visits the lake,” he said.

“Geese, and other wild birds, are by their nature very territorial and display instinctive behaviour such as hissing when they feel this territory is threatened.

“We have received no complaints about the geese or any other wildlife at the park but we would advise visitors to be aware of this instinctive behaviour when visiting the park.”

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