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.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to
call the Nevada Department of Wildlife’s Operation Game Thief Hotline at
Callers can remain anonymous.
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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