Canadian geese shot with arrows saved from certain death

Written by on August 5, 2017 in Critter Crimes - No comments

Two Canadian geese, shot with arrows, were first spotted in cottage country north of Toronto.

Both birds had been impaled by arrows, probably a month ago, yet somehow were swimming in Lake Couchiching.

They had eluded — and worried — cottagers for weeks.

On Monday, the Orillia Fish and Game Club used a nets and a canoe to scoop up the first goose, which was handed over to veterinarians and the Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge for treatment and care.

“August 1st, this young goose was still standing after enduring the pain of an arrow through its body for some time,” the sanctuary posted on Facebook this week. “Xrays confirmed the positioning in the graphite shaft in the body.”

It’s incredibly disturbing.

Xray of the injured Canada Goose. Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge/Facebook

The surgery was no small feat.

Veterinarians needed to remove the arrow, close ruptured air-sacs and stitch up the bird and move him into recovery.

“It was a significant fight to keep him alive through a traumatic procedure … but he made it!,” Shades of Hope Wildlife Refuge posted on Facebook.

But the bird is on the mend.

Which is amazing, considering this.

“No words to describe how this affects me,” Shade of Hope Wildlife Refuge said in its Facebook post.

It’s truly a miracle, but there was still more to do.

There was a second injured bird out in the wilderness.

And, that second goose did not want to be caught.

The second injured goose in the water. Through My Eyes – Photography by Deb Halbot/Facebook

A day later, there was hope.

Krystal Hewitt of Speaking of Wildlife at Cumberland Beach trying to catch the injured goose. Through My Eyes – Photography by Deb Halbot/Facebook

Deb Halbot photographed the entire rescue effort.

“Goose slowly heads towards the shore, where I am providing bread and corn,” says Deb Halbot of Through My Eyes – Photography. Facebook

And then, success.

Rescuers walk behind the goose as it runs towards a sheet, where he is safely captured. Deb Halbot – Through My Eyes Photography/Facebook

The goose was captured.


Surgery was also performed.


And more evidence of abuse was discovered beyond the crossbow attack.

Deb Halbot posted this update:

“In addition to the arrow, four bullets from two different guns were removed! 🙁 I can’t imagine the pain and trauma this poor bird has had to suffer for weeks! “

Environment and Climate Change Canada told CTV Barrie it is investigating complaints called into the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

With rehabilitation, both geese are expected to recover.

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Dawn Walton

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