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CANADA GOOSE SHOT WITH ARROW

16 January 2004

The goose was shot with an arrow about two weeks ago and is unable to fly. After being tranquilized the goose was rescued by Jack Spencer Jr. of the U.S. Department of Agriculture wildlife services.

FYI:

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Nevada Department of Wildlife’s Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-992-3030.

Callers can remain anonymous.

Story:

A Canada goose with an arrow through its body was rescued from a Reno lake by wildlife officials Friday, easing concerns of people who have watched the bird struggling for more than a week.

It’s not known who shot the adult goose with a 31-inch target arrow or why.

Nevada Humane Society officials removed the arrow and placed the bird on antibiotics Friday afternoon.

“It’s ugly. It’s like a bird in an oil slick,” said Jack Spencer Jr., supervising biologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services, which rescued the goose.

People walking around the small lake north of South Meadows Parkway made repeated reports of the arrow-pierced bird, but several wildlife agencies failed to capture it prior to Friday, Spencer said.


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