By: Noelani Mathews
May 24, 2016
VALDOSTA, Ga. -- Around this time of year, many may find Canada geese a nuisance, but Cortney McCall says it brings her family happiness.
"My daughter is six years old and she says, 'God gave us one earth and we have to take care of it,'" says McCall.
Her family is known to feed the Canada geese that live along the pond near the Publix on Inner Perimeter Road.
They also pick up trash to protect the small family of geese.
Many others in the community say they stop by to admire the geese.
"We're here every single day and that's how people know us", says McCall. "It's just our family thing. It's just what we do. We come out and take care of these guys."
Except on Monday, when the McCall family received some bad news.
"They messaged me and let me know the geese we've been taking care of had been injured," says Darren McCall.
Witnesses say a car hit the geese, which killed three goslings and the mother.
Hundreds in the community have offered their help, while local authorities try to capture the injured father goose.
"I love that the community is coming together, but I would've never dreamed that people would care about these geese so much," says McCall.
Meanwhile, Cortney asks drivers to be vigilant to ensure the safety of the remaining geese.
Georgia's Department of Natural Resources says it is illegal to kill Canada geese. They are protected by state and federal law.