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DNR Biologist: Geese Are Not Frozen to Tygart Lake

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Geese are not frozen to Tygart Lake, said West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Wildlife Biologist Steve Rauch.

"It appears to me that they are sitting on the lake since there isn't much open water for them to hang out," Rauch said.

A photo submitted to WBOY-TV from a local viewer who suspected that geese were frozen to Tygart Lake prompted the inquiry Wednesday.

"If they were frozen, there wouldn't be much the DNR could do," Rauch said. "If the geese are approached, they would react and try to flee, which could result in injuries to the geese.

The cold water doesn't bother waterfowl, their downy feathers helps to keep water away from their bodies and insulates them from the ice, it isn't unpleasant for the geese."