HR Strange But True!
April 18, 2002

Workers in an office building in Bath Township, Ohio, probably didn't like being chased by the Canadian geese nesting in their parking lot. But they clearly didn't like the solution passed along to them by the building's management:

Just kick the things.

Officials with CAM Inc., which maintains a building housing five businesses, said they put the advice into a memo after talking with the Ohio Division of Wildlife. The state's "recommendation, in an effort to make the birds fearful of people, is to kick the birds periodically," says the one-page memo.

The memo advises tenants to avoid the birds if possible, but adds: "If confrontations become a problem, we will implement the kicking strategy." It finishes with a warning: "Be careful where you walk, it is going to get very messy in that area."

Wildlife officials, however, say they would never recommend kicking geese. In fact, the packet of information they say they gave to CAM specifically urges people not to kick.

One office worker told the Akron Beacon Journal that she was outraged by the advice. "I'm pretty unhappy with such inhumane treatment," she said.

Source: Akron Beacon Journal, via

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