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June 2, 2014

Gaggle of geese make Forest Cemetery home

OSKALOOSA — When people drive by Forest Cemetery on J Avenue East, they need to slow down because there may be a gaggle of geese crossing the street.

“They’re really something,” Forest Cemetery Head Groundskeeper Mark Walker said Friday.

There are eight adults and 10 chicks who have made their home in the machine shed across the street from the cemetery.

“A person gave us the geese and they laid eggs in the equipment shed,” Walker said. The geese stayed in the shed during the winter, and now that it is warm again, they don’t want to leave, he added.

“People really enjoy them,” Walker said.

The geese like to stroll around the cemetery grounds as a group and they cross J Avenue East together.

“We’re trying to keep them off the road,” Walker said. “I’m afraid someone will hit them.”

Walker said he is not sure what kind of geese make up the gaggle, but they do like to roam around.

“I try to keep them out of the church parking lot on Sundays,” Walker said of the First Christian Church that is next door to the cemetery equipment shed. “When the geese see cars, they think ‘food’” since many people like to stop to feed them, Walker said.

Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at oskynews@oskyherald.com

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