Because I find these things hilarious, I emailed Parks Canada to ask what the correct way to handle a pissed off grouse is.
Their response is slightly hilarious.
Male grouse become VERY territorial and defensive during the spring mating
season, The best response is simply to back away and give him as much space
as possible, adjusting your recreational plans if necessary. Both BNP, and
Kananaskis have had to institute short-term trail closures in some areas to
deal with particularly persistent problems. Sadly, outside of protected
areas, these grouse are often killed by people not realizing why they are
Thanks for giving him the space he needs!
So basically, ‘yea, they’re bastards, try not to kill ’em’.
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