Nesting geese take over hospital parking lot

April 17, 2013 at 3:50 PM

FLEMINGTON, N.J., April 17 (UPI) -- Officials at a New Jersey hospital said they have blocked off about 50 parking spaces to accommodate a pair of nesting geese.

Christopher Hunt, chief of security at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, said the Canada geese, a protected species, made their nest April 11 in an employee lot and workers soon found themselves face to face with the aggressive father goose when attempting to use the lot, the Hunterdon County (N.J.) Democrat reported Wednesday.

"He would come out, throw his wings up in the air and hiss," Hunt said. "He was quite an imposing presence."

Hunt said the geese "really claimed a pretty wide territory," leading him to block off about 50 parking spaces with yellow tape and post signs to keep the geese from being disturbed.

Hunt said it was not difficult to have employees park elsewhere to let the geese "do their thing."

Kathleen Seelig, director of public relations for the hospital's parent corporation, said the geese have good taste.

"Everybody should have their babies at Hunterdon Medical Center," she said.

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