Cher­ished geese killed in Whitby road

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Two beloved wild geese have died in grue­some cir­cum­stances in Whitby, weeks af­ter war was de­clared on their pest cousins, the canada geese.

Coun­cil­lor Anita Baker was driv­ing to work along Dis­cov­ery Dr last Wed­nes­day morn­ing and found two geese, one dead and one badly in­jured, sur­rounded by loose feath­ers.

The geese had been hit by a car and were hor­ri­bly man­gled and in­jured, she said.

Last month it was re­vealed that Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil was plan­ning a cull of canada geese in Pau­ata­hanui In­let in Jan­uary.

The geese Ms Baker found must have been hit on Tues­day night, be­cause the dead goose al­ready had rigor mor­tis, she said.

They were part of a pack of four fe­male 3- year- old sib­lings that lived at the Whitby lakes and were pop­u­lar with res­i­dents, Ms Baker said. ‘‘They were per­son­al­i­ties. Ev­ery­body stopped for them, peo­ple fed them, ev­ery­body knew them.’’

A third goose is miss­ing, and may have with­drawn some­where to die, she said. Ms Baker took the in­jured goose to a vet and then to bird re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion spe­cial­ist, Craig ‘‘duck man’’ Shep­herd, but it died in her car one kilo­me­tre from his Ohariu Val­ley clinic. ‘‘I was re­ally an­gry. It was very up­set­ting,’’ she said. The geese had never walked across the road at night, so must have been scared on to the road by a dog or per­son, Ms Baker said.

Any lo­cal would have known them and stopped for them, so it might have been a boy racer who ran them over, she said.

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