Resident seeks help for injured goose at Greenville Fire Station

  • A Canada goose with what appears to be a broken wing living behind the Greenville Fire Station has caused some concern among locals.. (Ashley Saari / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • A Canada goose with what appears to be a broken wing living behind the Greenville Fire Station has caused some concern among locals. Staff photo by Ashley Saari

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, September 28, 2017 10:40AM

Despite several attempts, Fish and Game officers have been unable to capture an injured Canada goose that resides on the Souhegan River near the fire station in Greenville.

“It looked like it was dragging a wing, and that it’s possibly broken,” said Lt. Bill Boudreau, a conservation officer with New Hampshire Fish and Game. “We can’t get close enough to capture the thing.”

“He didn’t look well at all,” said Denise Muccioli, a Nashua resident who has a degree in applied animal science and has been by to check on the goose.

Muccioli is a regular on several sites pertaining to animal rescue and saw people posting about the goose in concern. She’s had experience capturing birds, both geese and ducks, she said, so she drove out to Greenville to see if anything could be done.

Like the Fish and Game officers, however, she quickly discovered that it was a tricky situation, and it was unlikely that the goose could be caught in a net unless it was from a boat, since it was so quick to flee to the water.

“The layout does make it a very difficult catch,” said Muccioli. “But I don’t think it’s impossible.”

Fish and Game officers, including Boudreau, have visited the area of the Souhegan where the bird is known to reside, and seen its condition, said Boudreau, but there is only a small strip of land separating the water from the road, and the goose is quick to take to the water when approached.

Fish and Game officers do carry hand nets that they can use to attempt to capture wildlife, said Boudreau, but the goose hasn’t allowed them to get close enough to make an attempt. And currently, he said, the department is short staffed, and there’s not enough manpower to make a concentrated effort.

“Unfortunately, sometimes these things do happen and we don’t have the manpower or resources to save every animal,” he said.

When Fish and Game are able to capture injured geese, they generally rely on wildlife rehabilitators to bring the animal back to health, said Boudreau, including ones located in Henniker and Winchester.

“They take in an unbelievable amount of animals, with their own money and their own time, and we rely quite heavily on those people,” he said. 

Some Canada geese have already started their migration, or will within the month, according to Boudreau, but it is not unheard of for Canada geese to stay the winter in colder climates, as long as their water sources don’t freeze over.