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IL: Naperville police issue warning after 2 geese shot by arrows

May 18, 2012

From ChicagoTribune.com

Two Canada geese have been shot with similar arrows this year near Century Farm Park in Naperville, killing one of them, officials said today in an alert asking for help from the community.
 
One goose was shot Feb. 23 and the other May 7 near the park at 715 Sigmund Road, both with similar arrows, Naperville police said in a community alert.
 
The first injured goose was located and captured in March by members of Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, who treated the bird for non-life threatening injuries.
 
The second goose was wounded in its wing and body, and after it was located on May 12 it had to be euthanized due to the injuries, officials said.
 
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(Sgt. Gregg Bell of the Naperville police) said using a crossbow or shooting a bow-and-arrow in city limits can be dangerous.
 
We just want the community to be aware they are federally protected birds.
Its not only against federal law, but to hunt or do any kind of trapping within city limits is illegal, Bell said.
 
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The alert reminds people that hunting or trapping are prohibited under city ordinance, and Canada geese are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Act of 1918.
 
Anyone with information about the attacks is asked to call Animal Control at 630-420-6178 or Crime Stoppers at 630-420-6006, according to the alert. 

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