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Canada Goose Injured, Eggs Don't Survive Following Juveniles' Rock Attack in Clackamas
04/18/2008
Sergeant Chris Allori
Fish & Wildlife Division
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 263

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Two 14-year old boys have been cited into Clackamas County Juvenile Court by an Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division sergeant related to allegations of abuse and harassment involving a Canada Goose. The goose may lose the use of an eye after the boys were seen hitting it with rocks and the eggs she was protecting did not survive.
 
On April 16, 2008 Oregon State Police (OSP) received a citizens report of two juveniles throwing rocks at a Canada Goose in the Phillips Creek Water Quality Facility located in Clackamas. A witness reported observing two 14-year old boys throwing at and hitting a female Canada Goose with rocks while it was attempting to protect it's nest of five eggs.
 
OSP Sergeant Chris Allori responded to the scene and found the goose injured after it received an extensive head injury from the rocks thrown at it. With the help of an Audubon Society volunteer, the goose was captured and is now receiving treatment. It's survival prognosis is fair, although the goose may lose the use of its right eye. The goose's eggs did not survive.
 
The witness provided enough information allowing for identification of the two juvenile suspects who were contacted on that evening. Both boys were cited to appear in Clackamas County Juvenile Court for Animal Abuse in the First Degree and Harassment of Wildlife, both Class A Misdemeanors.
 
A person commits the crime of "Animal Abuse in the First Degree" when, except as otherwise authorized by law, the person intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes serious physical injury to an animal, or cruelly causes the death of a animal."
 
A person commits the crime of "Harassment of Wildlife" when the person chases, harasses, molests, worries or disturbs any wildlife except while engaged in lawfully angling for, taking, hunting or trapping such wildlife.