This year, just as they did in 2007 and 2008, the two geese showed up in March and, shortly thereafter, there were goslings following them around inside the fenced back grounds of the GPD.
In previous years, there have been as many as five or six goslings. This year, there are only three.
“They don’t really bother us and we don’t bother them,” said GPD spokesman Bryan Clanton.
But, in the instances in which an officer gets a little too close to a baby, Dad always steps forward to chase the officer away.
Right now, the family doesn’t really have much to worry about. Officers have set up a small wading pool out back for the geese to swim in and between the GPD and the children who feed them through the fence, they seem to have plenty to eat.
The family also provides a unique feature for the groups of young people that regularly tour the GPD.
About mid-June or July, they will all fly away, but, in the meantime, they have no enemies, except maybe the neighborhood cats, and the best protection in town.