Canada goose shot with arrow in Chesterfield

Chesterfield and state authorities are looking for the person who shot a Canada goose with an arrow in Midlothian.

The goose, whose body was pierced by the arrow, was captured Friday at a pond off Waterford Lake Drive not far from Strayer University, said Melissa Stanley, founder and executive director of the Richmond Wildlife Center.

The arrow prevented the bird from leaving the pond, Stanley said. That, in turn, caused the goose’s wounds to become infected and kept the bird from eating.

“When it was shot, it was no longer able to take flight,” Stanley said.

After it was captured, the bird was rushed into surgery Friday evening at the wildlife center. While removing the arrow, surgeons discovered a pellet inside the bird, indicating it also had been shot with an air rifle.

The goose is on the mend and eating again, Stanley said. The bird will be at the center for 45 days, unless nerve damage keeps it from flying.

Canada geese mate for life, and crews from the wildlife center unsuccessfully tried to capture the wounded bird’s mate several times.

“It just wouldn’t get close to us,” Stanley said.

The mate sports a bird band from the U.S. Geological Survey, which suggests the geese are migratory, Stanley said.

Chesterfield County Animal Control and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries are investigating the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call Chesterfield Animal Control at (804) 748-1683.

Published March 7, 2016, Richmond Times-Dispatch