There have been multiple reports of people doing Shiluach Hakan on Geese – with some saying how ‘aggressive we are’ with the ill people at RUOC saying ‘the Torah may command you to behave like this, but we don’t”
Geese, however, can get very aggressive – without doing anything to them but by merely being close to them or their babies/eggs.
Lakewood Police Chief Meyer told GreaterLakewood “Please stay away from nesting geese as the mothers are overly protective and can become aggressive if you get to close.”
Adding in “And to be careful when driving around parks and lakes as most eggs have hatched and baby geese are walking along the road ways.”
Of course it is Tzar Baalei Chaim to hurt an Animal – a Torah commandment (May be D’rabanan but the Gemorah leans D’ioraysa). Anyone who injures or harms an animal – any animal – is going against the Torah and the law.
GreaterLakewood has confirmed with Lakewood Police, incidents where people allegedly injured or hit geese are being investigated by the NJ Fish and Wildlife Conservation.
Just follow Halacha and you will be all right!
UPDATE: 101.5FM and other news outlets covered this story. However, on Shabbos, a NJ couple killed a goose, yet, they failed to cover the story…Wonder why?