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Police Seek Information on Crossbow Attacks Targeting Geese

Naperville Police Department looking for more information about two incidents in which Canadian geese were injured by arrows in Naperville.

The is seeking information regarding incidents in which two Canadian geese were shot with crossbow arrows.

The first incident occurred Feb. 23 when Naperville Animal Control received a report that a Canadian goose was shot with an arrow near . It was later treated for non-life threatening injuries by the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors.

More recently, on May 7, another goose was also shot with an arrow and found by Chicago Bird Collision Monitors on May 12. Once the group examined the goose, they found the arrow had penetrated the wing and body of the animal.

The goose was subsequently euthanized due to the injuries sustained from the arrow attack.

It's believed that both geese were shot with similar arrows, according to the Naperville Police Department. The incidents apparently occurred at or near Century Farms Park as police said the deceased goose would not have been able to fly with the injury sustained by the arrow.

Police are reminding residents that hunting or trapping of any game animals is prohibited under city ordinance.

Canadian geese are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Act of 1918, which makes it illegal to harm or injure a goose and damage or move its eggs and nest, without a federal permit. Not complying with the act can result in fines ranging from $5,000 to $10,000.00. 

Anyone with information regarding the attacks on either of these geese can contact Animal Control at 630-420-6178 or Crime Stoppers at 630-420-6006

Linda Kemp May 18, 2012 at 08:29 PM
What a shame that people have no respect for our wildlife. Using a crossbow to kill our beautiful feathered friends is attack on ourselves. You can never hurt another living creature without hurting yourself in the process. Someone once told me that hurt people, hurt people. I think this holds much truth.
Sheila Raddatz May 18, 2012 at 10:18 PM
I have heard that permits have been allowed to gather the geese and donate the meat to the food pantries....with the over population of geese in certain areas, I think that may be a little more "PC" than an ambush with arrows.
Mary Ann Lopez May 21, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Shelia, There is a law that protects the geese. I do not believe it is legal to gather geese and donate the meat. In some cases I believe it is allowed — with the proper permitting — to gather eggs in order to curb populations, but that again requires permits and must be done according to federal law. http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=ecrc&topic=waf-ma

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