Police investigating dead snow geese

March 12, 2006|By MELISSA HARRIS

Howard County police have opened an investigation into the illegal dumping of about two dozen dead snow geese at a Columbia playground this month, police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said Friday.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources police decided not to open a similar case last week after they found no evidence of illegal hunting. Snow geese have a liberal bag limit of 15 birds per hunter per day. Hunting season ended Feb. 25.

Residents found the birds March 2 in Kings Contrivance village, and their deaths were first reported in the Columbia Flier.

Sgt. Ken Turner, a spokesman for the natural resources police, said that the birds had been shot and some of their breasts removed, apparently for food.

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