The Story Behind The Elusive Canada Goose With An Arrow Through Its Chest
Eventually, a few anonymous donations were mailed to WHR from the zip code where the goose was shot and rescued - Ned Bruha says "thank you" to the donor, who may or may not have been involved with the shooting ...
Many people call The Skunk Whisperer® about injured geese. Most injured goose calls take many hours of time and literally turn into "wild goose chases", only further jeopardizing the goose's health. If the geese are faster than we are, which they usually are, it simply cannot be taken to a rehabber. Most nuisance goose problems are caused by humans feeding them, therefore advocating them to appear in large numbers.
In this particular instance, the goose had been shot through the chest and was in a hazardous predicament with a wound that would eventually take its toll. Once The Skunk Whisperer® became aware of the situation, the Tulsa office immediately deployed a Skunk Whisperer® team including Ned and Betsey Bruha.
Normally, a proper injured goose capture takes a dozen people, special equipment and hours of time, Single geese can be as tough to capture as greased pigs, but the team had a better chance of capturing this one because it would be slowed down by the arrow. As it turned out, the team had to chase the goose around for 40 minutes before catching it, so the arrow ended up not slowing the goose down much at all.
Once captured, the arrow was cut at two points to reduce additional trauma to the goose during its transport to the Wild Heart Ranch wildlife rehab facility. Ned Bruha said "It feels great knowing that we were able to save an animal's life that day, but it is a shame that somebody did this to the goose. I am embarrassed to be a member of a species that would do something as senseless as needlessly shooting this goose and knowingly allow it to suffer. Wildlife should not be used for target practice". Betsey Bruha adds "This goose was likely shot nearby, in town. I do not know if somebody was looking for a free Thanksgiving bird or what, but I hope that the person who needlessly shot this federally protected bird with this arrow reads this story and decides to never hunt again".
Thanks to wildlife rehabilitator Annette King-Tucker, this animal will live to see another day. Ned commented "We salute wildlife rehabilitators all over the world who have selflessly dedicated their lives to saving the animals that we place in these situations. Annette is my hero and has made me a better person, allowing me massive amounts of knowledge, via her experience, to further assist wildlife in need of rehabilitation. During this "season of giving" please seriously consider donating funds and supplies to wildlife rehabilitators such as Annette King-Tucker".