DEAR EDITOR:

I wanted to comment on the story regarding the Tax Assessors’ geese. I am a retired detective from Cobb Police and worked at the Special Victims Unit located next to the Tax Assessor s Office and Safepath Children’s Advocacy Center at the Westpark Goverment Center.

In regard to the geese that began nesting on the storage container in the secured area located in the back of the Westpark Government Center, I wanted to clear some information up about the geese and their story. We did our research on the geese when we first noticed they were beginning to nest in the back area. We spoke to knowledgeable persons with Geese rescue “Geese Police.” They provided us with this important information. Geese mate for life and have their offspring at the same nest or in the same area for approximately two years. They began nesting in April three years ago.

The first set of geese we encountered were the parents of one of the current geese on the nest that were born during that two-year time frame. There have been a total of 27 geese born during these past three years. Of the ones that survived and after the parents nest for two years, the offspring will then return with their mate and nest for two years, continuing the cycle.

So in reference to Sarge, he has not become docile, he has flown off and his offspring, one of the sweeter more docile parents now nesting have taken over. The new parents call to one another and they can hear each other’s call as far as a mile away. So when the new mama goose calls for her partner he hears her from Laurel Park Lake and he flies over to the nest to assist her after the eggs are laid and when they hatch.

As a team effort we have made sure the nest stayed secured and once the babies hatched they have 24 hours to get to water. So needless to say, they have been assisted several times across Whitlock Avenue but other times they have made it on their own. Everyone at Westpark takes pride in these beautiful geese because they are like family to all of us. Every year we want to make sure they have the best possible outcome for their new life.

Lisa Wells

Acworth

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