State Fish and Wildlife wardens are on the hunt for a suspect who shot a goose in Penn Valley with an archery arrow last week.
The female Canada goose was found with the arrow through its back in the 18000 block of Sisil Lane near Western Gateway Park on the morning of May 1, according to dispatch reports.
“It’s a pure case of animal cruelty,” said Linda Adams of Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release.
According to Adams, the arrow had gone through the goose’s back and the upper part of its wing. It also had been shot with a BB gun.
The bird’s initial veterinary care was done by Mother Lode, who “did a wonderful job,” she said.
Adams ended up taking the bird to a veterinarian in Sacramento after she discovered a break in the injured wing. She added that the goose had stopped eating and was having to be force-fed.
“She had surgery this morning; they pinned the wing,” Adams said Tuesday afternoon. “She didn’t have to be put down. We won’t know for sure if she can fly until it heals completely.”
The healing process will take at least several weeks, she said.
“Our ultimate wish and goal is to have her fly free again,” Adams said.
The goose currently is undergoing rehabilitation with a volunteer in Sacramento that has more experience with large waterfowl, Adams said.
“They’re really hard to handle — they’re so wild, they fight you as hard as they can,” she said.
Adams estimated the cost for the surgery will be at least $1,000, not including the volunteer hours for the rehab. Anyone wishing to donate can do so through the e-scrip program at SPD or at www.cawildlife911.org.
“What’s sad is that it is breeding season and they mate for life,” she said. “She has a mate somewhere who is waiting for her to come back. She could have eggs or babies, we don’t know.”
Nevada County Sheriff’s Animal Control responded but has since turned over the investigation to Fish and Wildlife, said warden Jerry Karnow.
The goose likely survived because the arrow used was for target shooting, Karnow said, explaining that hunting arrows have razor-bladed tips.
“A target arrow typically doesn’t cause as much damage,” he said.”Otherwise it would have died for sure.”
Karnow said the goose was found near a property with a pond that had a number of geese on it, but that so far, his investigation has not turned up a suspect.
He remained hopeful that the arrow, which has a purple shaft, will lead to the apprehension of a suspect.
“A lot of arrows can be very unique in their coloration, in the length of the shaft, it’s kind of like a fingerprint,” he said, “I’ve made good cases in the past, matching arrows to suspects.”
Karnow encouraged anyone with information on the case to call the Cal-Tip line at 888-334-2258.
The phone number is for a confidential secret witness program that encourages the public to provide Fish and Wildlife with factual information leading to the arrest of poachers and polluters.
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