SAG HARBOR, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Canada goose was found with an arrow through its body in Suffolk County this week, and police were searching Sunday for the person who shot the bird, according to a published report.
The goose was found in Sag Harbor on Saturday, after being shot with what appeared to be a target arrow, the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals told Newsday.
The bird was still able to fly, eat and walk with the arrow in its body, but Suffolk County SPCA chief Roy Gross told Newsday the goose will die “a long, slow death” without veterinary care.
The agency has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot the arrow, Newsday reported.
Limited hunting of Canada geese is permitted on parts of Long Island during parts of December, January and February, as well as September and the time around Thanksgiving, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
But Gross told Newsday the shooting of this Canada goose with an arrow was not legal.
This was the second high-profile incident in recent months involving the shooting of a migratory bird with an arrow on Long Island.
A white domestic duck was found shot through the neck with an arrow in Hauppauge near mid-October. The arrow punctured the duck’s esophagus, but the bird was expected to survive.
The SPCA was still searching as of Sunday for the person who shot the duck, according to Newsday.
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