Should I be afraid of a goose?

head of Canada goose showing serrated beak and tongueYesterday, I went walking near 4 adult Canada Geese and their young ones (total of about 12). Two of the adults turned toward me and started hissing at me.  One of them had head and neck gyrations.  What are their defenses? Do they try to peck you and does it hurt?  Do their web feet have sharp nails or claws? Thank you.  Anthony

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