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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Dead Canada Geese

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Back in high school and college, I used to ride my bike every day. During the summer months I would wake up and be out of the house by 9 a.m. and wouldn't return until it was dark. I'd ride about a 100 kilometers a day, 7 days a week, even in the pouring rain. Over the course of 3 months, I would accumulate about 9,000 kms on my Rocky Mountain.

I stopped riding once I started working. I simply didn't have the time any more. But now that I live so close to conservation area, and a sweet path leading to our city's waterfront, I try to ride more and more.

The city planners made a smart move to enhance this area of our city. The path is always crowded with people walking, roller blading, and fishing. They're all smiling and enjoying the water and wildlife.

But this weekend during my bike ride, I saw that the people were not smiling. Some were crying, and some were in shock. If you read the newspaper the other day you may have seen the story about the dead Canada Geese and ducks. Well, I was there, and I saw the bodies. It was heartbreaking.

At first I was confused. I saw a group of 5 teenagers standing over the bodies of two dead Canada Geese. The teenagers were holding fishing rods and spoke solemnly amongst one another. The huge black & white geese, at a glance, looked like curled-up sleeping husky dogs. But as I got closer, I saw the sad truth.

I began to wonder if these teenagers had accidentally hooked the Canada Geese in their necks, and killed them. But that seemed extremely unlikely. I couldn't come up with a reason why the geese would be laying on the side of the path, dead.

Continuing on my way, I rode down to the Yacht club then began my trip home. When I approached the area where the geese lay, I saw they were gone, along with the teenagers. In their place was a police officer. He was putting something into the back of his police van. I almost stopped to ask him what happened, but figured he didn't have the time to talk.

The next day I read the news in the paper. Fourteen dead Canada Geese and ducks. The article stated that the birds died in great agony. Possibly from eating pesticide-soaked grass from another municipality. I find that hard to believe, but hopefully we'll know the truth soon.



Blogger Rowan said...

I read that the other day in the paper, very sad....can't say I would have wanted to see it though.

3:18:00 PM

Blogger Chana said...

glad that you are getting some back to riding. great excercise and fun..wish i would too, lol...

sorry to hear about the geese. i just got back and had no idea..hope they find out what the heck happened.

hope you have been well.

3:52:00 PM

Blogger ~*Stephanie*~ said...

Awwwwww!!! How sad :(

8:09:00 PM

Blogger Rainypete said...

It will take a week or so for the results to come in.........so until then I have my own theory. Tom Jones is coming to town on Friday.......maybe they couldn't take it and offed themselves?

11:55:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

Yes, it's very sad indeed. I wonder what the autopsy results will be, and I'm anxious to find out (especially if their dna had Anti-Tom-Jones properties.).

1:01:00 PM

Blogger Ham said...

That is aweful! I don't find it hard to believe that the geese were poisoned, but we should definately wait for release of info. It would be a severe case of ageism to infer that the teenagers were at fault here (not sure if that's what you were hinting at). "Cides" are super-dangerous and our city-asses don't have the opportunity to see the detrimental effects first hand since our wildlife exposure is limited. However, I hope this is an isolated incident.

4:23:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

No, I'm positive the teens didn't kill the birds. At first I had a brief thought that maybe they did, since there were only two birds. I only found out later that 14 were killed, and were drowning in the water. I'm sure they were good teens, and they were the ones who called for help.

11:59:00 AM


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