A Bay County wildlife rehabilitator wants people to be on the lookout in Bay City for an injured Canada goose that appears to have an arrow protruding from its back.Sandy Miner, whose Wildlife Support Team is licensed by the state to rehabilitate injured animals, said she became aware of the goose about three weeks ago when she began receiving calls from concerned residents.Since then, she has tried to track the bird, but hasn’t had success bringing it in.”He is in the water and we know he is eating, so we are hoping he will be all right,” Miner said.Although hunting waterfowl with a bow and arrow in season is legal with a license, it’s doubtful the bird was shot during goose-hunting season, which ended in December, according to Lt. Ron Utt of the Department of Natural Resources’ Bay City Operations Service Center.”It’s highly doubtful the injury occurred during season,”Canada Goose quebec said Utt, adding that a goose surviving with this kind of injury is very rare. “That would have meant the goose was walking around the frozen river for three months.”
Utt said penalties for hunting waterfowl out of season could include a $500 fine, $500 in restitution for harming the goose, 90 days in jail and the loss of the hunter’s gaming license.Miner said the bird was first spotted on the east side of the Saginaw River near Bradley House. Canada Goose quebec He was last seen on the river’s west side near the pier in Veterans Park.She urges people who spot the bird to call a wildlife handler such as herself or the DNR, rather than trying to handle the bird alone.“Unless people have experience handling birds like this, they shouldn’t be in contact with them,” Miner said. “If the bird is in the water they should never attempt to rescue this bird.”
Canada Goose quebec Miner said if the bird could be brought in, she would take it to a veterinarian for an X-ray to assess its injuries before deciding if it could be rehabilitated to re-enter the wild. She has been searching for the goose herself, but says she won’t be able to bring it in unless it leaves the water.“I’m not going swimming in the water,” she said. “I’ve been on too many wild goose chases and I’m getting too old.”Miner also wants to remind bird enthusiasts not to handle babies this spring, unless they spot an animal in distress.