JAMESTOWN, Pa. — It is quite difficult to tell when the territorial Canada Goose is angry at intruders, or trying to protect land for its mate. During breeding season, their territory becomes even more important. Tweetspeak witnessed a pair of Canada Geese mating at Pymatuning, but at first we thought they were only fighting. Their repeated and coinciding behavior made it look like a mating ritual, but the subtle differences in fighting and mating behavior makes it extremely difficult to differentiate the two.
After some research, I realized that I couldn’t discern the difference until the deed was done. No matter what, it’s best just to stay away from Canada Geese because they do not like it when anyone gets to close, regardless of the time of year.