Cherished geese killed in Whitby road
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A third goose is missing, and may have withdrawn somewhere to die, she said.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.