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Protected Canada geese shot with arrows in Naperville

A CAnadgoose shot with an arrow last weekend Naperville park had be euthanized because if its injuries. / phofrom Naperville

A CAnada goose shot with an arrow last weekend in a Naperville park had to be euthanized because if its injuries. / photo from Naperville police

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Two federally protected Canada geese have been shot by someone with a crossbow this year near a west suburban park, and the second bird had to euthanized.

Naperville Animal Control received a call May 7 about a Canada goose found with an arrow through its wing and body near Century Farm Park, Naperville police said.

Chicago Bird Collision Monitors were called for assistance, but had to euthanize the bird because of its injuries.

On Feb. 23, animal control had received a similar report of a Canada goose shot with a crossbow arrow near Century Park, police said. The Chicago Bird group found the bird and treated it, and by the end of March it had been released.

Police said both geese were shot with similar short arrows, likely near the park because the second bird would not have been able to fly after suffering its injuries.

Hunting or trapping any animal is prohibited in Naperville, and Canada geese are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Act of 1918, police said.

Anyone who injuries a goose or damages its eggs or nest without a federal permit faces fines of $5,000 to $10,000.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call (630) 420-6178 or (630) 420-6006.

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