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$1,000 Reward Offered After Goose Shot With Arrow

Canada goose shot in Noyac, Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says.

Update Monday 5:15 p.m. - The Suffolk County SPCA now says that it is legal to bowhunt geese in New York, but the reward still stands if the shooter turns out to have broken different hunting regulations. Learn more by clicking here.

Update Monday 10:40 a.m. - A Canada goose impaled by an arrow was seen in Noyac, the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said Sunday, and now a $1,000 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter.

Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross said that the goose could not be captured, because whenever the woman who reported the injured bird got too close, it flew away. She was, however, able to get close enough to take photographs of the black arrow with red and yellow vanes sticking all the way through the goose.

Gross said that the arrow must have missed vital organs — otherwise the bird would be dead. “It's still walking, it's still eating, but I’m sure the goose is suffering in a lot of pain ...” he said Monday. “It will get infected and eventually die."

While geese are in season for hunters on the East End, bow hunting of Canada geese is never permitted, Gross said. Also, the arrow used to shoot to goose had a field tip, designed for target shooting, rather than a broad tip, designed for hunting, he pointed out. He explained that a broad tip would have killed the goose immediately, rather than subjecting it to prolonged suffering. “It’s a horrible act of animal cruelty,” he said.

Gross believes that the goose must have been shot near where it was seen, saying that it could not have traveled a great distance with the arrow in it. “There are geese that apparently hang around there and people fed them so they aren’t afraid of people, and someone was able to get close enough to shoot it,” he said.

He is asking anyone with information to come forward by calling 631-382-7722.

"All calls will be kept confidential," Gross said. “We do not give the informants' name up.”

To capture the goose so it can get veterinary care, the Gross is asking that someone with a projectile net device offer to lend it to Suffolk County SPCA.

In October, a Peking duck with an arrow through its neck was discovered in Patchogue, and in July 2011 a swan shot with an arrow was found near Indian Island County Park in Riverhead.

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A Canada goose impaled by an arrow was found in Noyac, the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said Sunday, and now a $1,000 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter.

The goose was seen near Sag Harbor Cove across from Long Beach Road, according to Suffolk County SPCA.

Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross said he is asking anyone with information on the act of cruelty to come forward by calling 631-382-7722. 

According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Canada geese are protected by federal and state laws and regulations, and it is illegal to hunt or kill Canada geese except as permitted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the DEC.


Jaguar-Guy December 10, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Dopey hillbilly locals.
Bbambi December 10, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Thank you to the wonderful volunteers of the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center for their incredibly hard work and acts of kindness
El Stinkeroo December 10, 2012 at 12:32 PM
There are a lot of gun nuts out here. I would refrain from offering money to whomever shows up with a goose impaled by an arrow. It's called positive reinforcement of a negative nature.
lol December 10, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Get facts straight before you make such an ass out of yourself. NYS has a legal goose hunting season and it happens to be now. If you have a hunting license and a Migratory Duck Stamp you can shoot geese. A $1,000.00 reward? Really!!!! I now have to go and check my mouse traps for any of those pesky mice.
Mary Dacierno December 10, 2012 at 01:31 PM
I would like to know if the goose is still alive?
not a farmer December 10, 2012 at 01:38 PM
This is the dumbest waste of time and a pathetic save the everything article. What's the big issue. there are hunters shooting these nuisance birds by the hundreds every day around here. there are blinds and decoys set up in most farm fields and its legal to hunt them. wake up. the dumb bird probably flew here from canada with the damn arrow in him.
GOLD FINGER December 10, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Sounds more fesible that "Not Farmer" arrived out here with an arrow through his head...
A Person December 10, 2012 at 03:12 PM
It is legal to hunt geese with a bow and arrow, and hunting season is open right now. This bird could have been legally shot. It is unfortunate that the arrow is stuck in it but that is no reason to lie to the public about it being illegal.
Augustine Passante December 10, 2012 at 03:26 PM
"According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Canada geese are protected by federal and state laws and regulations, and it is illegal to hunt or kill Canada geese except as permitted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the DEC.".... yes that would mean during hunting season for geese which is right now and yes you can hunt them with a bow..... if the liberals only knew how many geese were walking around with steel shot in them from hunters shooting them and not killing them because hunting is not an exact science and yes they lived..... this is ridiculous....... only in NY..... i hope the guy that shot him comes forward so everyone can realize nothing will happen to him...... i blame this on the DEC for not clerifying the law..... but why would they want to..... gin up public hatred for hunting to ensure they keep there jobs and hire more trout troopers..... all the while being funded by the very people (hunters) that they throw under the bus any chance they can get......
Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor) December 10, 2012 at 04:49 PM
According to the SPCA chief, bowhunting geese on the East End is prohibited. Plus, a target arrow was used, not a hunting arrow.
A Person December 10, 2012 at 05:19 PM
The SPCA chief is lying, Goose hunting with a bow and arrow IS LEGAL in New York State. Call the DEC and ask for yourself.
Stinker December 10, 2012 at 05:28 PM
The fact of the matter is that anyone who would shoot a Canadian goose with a bow and arrow has a very serious mental disease should be apprehended. Go research serial killers, they all start by abusing defenseless animals. It is bloodthirsty and hopelessly outdated.
Stinker December 10, 2012 at 06:33 PM
How many rednecks does it take to figure out the appropriate hunting laws? None, because I am no redneck and I don't hunt but you should know what the hell you are talking about when it comes to killing things with weapons. FROM: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/68802.html Question: May I use a crossbow to hunt small game, such as wild turkeys? Answer: No. Crossbows may only be used to hunt big game (deer and bear).
Bonac Refugee December 10, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Brendan There are no prohibitions against hunting geese with a bow the SPCA chief is missinformed. Second the arrow pictured it missing it's tip(which screws in and can be changed) so there is no way of telling whether this is a target or hunting arrow(changing the tip can change it from hunting to target).It is certainly possible that this goose was shot legaly.
Bonac Refugee December 10, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Stinker I might suggest you follow your own advice.There is a difference between a crossbow and a bow.
Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor) December 10, 2012 at 07:37 PM
@Bonac Refugee, From these photos, it appears that a field tip is still on the end of the arrow. But if there was a broad tip on the arrow that had fallen off, the diameter of the exit wound would still be very big. There doe not appear to be a substantial wound.
Bonac Refugee December 10, 2012 at 07:51 PM
No wish to argue this but there are no regs as to what kind of tip is to be used for small game.A blunt or field tip not a broadhead is the traditional tip for small game.
Arnold Timer December 10, 2012 at 09:17 PM
The urban mentality that causes people to make comments like Stinker did is invalid. If human beings continue to encroach upon the natural habitat of wildlife by building homes in what was once wilderness than the native fauna will be crowded into ever smaller areas. There is no alternative than to cull the populations of these animals since we have also destroyed the habitats of most of their natural predators. Deer are the most obvious example. The human race can voluntarily stop whittling away at the wildlife's habitant or take a humane approach to decreasing there numbers. I believe it is far more humane to reduce herd/flock size so that there is a healthy population which can remain in the areas that are left for them. BTW: Most of the geese here are residential Canadian Geese. They do not migrate. They are the fat and lazy cousins of migratory geese which were introduced here by humans before there the threat and nuisance to a suburban area were recognized. Unless your a Vegan who wears only natural fibers and basically uses no soapr or cosmetics (good luck with that), your argument holds no water.
Arnold Timer December 10, 2012 at 09:24 PM
This is a good website for people interested in understanding the facts about the nuisance birds who are inhabiting Long Island. These are also the birds which are predominantly responsible for bird-strike engine failures in jet aircrafts. Miracles like the one Capt. Sullivan pulled off on the Hudson a few years ago are extremely rare. If it's us, or a reasonable number of them; I vote for us. Remember, the geese don't have birth control available to them... http://www.longislandgeesecontrol.com/pages/goosefacts.html
Hope and Change December 10, 2012 at 09:44 PM
it was a photoshop job. what a ridiculously gulible group of losers.
Brendan J. O'Reilly (Editor) December 10, 2012 at 10:26 PM
The Suffolk County SPCA now says that it is legal to bowhunt geese in New York, but the reward still stands if the shooter turns out to have broken different hunting regulations. Learn more here: http://southampton.patch.com/articles/spca-goose-shooter-may-not-have-broken-law

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