EL RENO, Okla. (KFOR) – Several residents are outraged over obvious animal abuse taking place at Legion Park in El Reno.
“I can’t say anything more than it’s heartbreaking. I have never seen this kind of thing go on,” stated a involved resident named Pam. She didn’t wish to share her final identify.
Pam defined that she, alongside with a number of others, have observed the aftermath of what they imagine is folks harming among the park’s geese and geese.
“We’ve seen several metal darts in them,” stated Pam.
The photos under present what seems to be a blowgun dart, protruding of the facet of a duck’s head and a goose with a blowgun dart caught in its physique.
“They have a metal rod and they have barbs so once that is in the animal, it can’t be pulled out,” stated Pam. “So, they’re just left to suffer and die.”
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation stated they despatched a sport warden to the park to take a look at the state of affairs.
“It’s hard to prosecute someone when you don’t have hard evidence linking them to a crime,” stated Kelly Adams, the Department’s Communication and Education Supervisor. “Our game warden has been out there to investigate these reports.”
Adams defined that capturing a goose or waterfowl is a federal crime.
However, as a result of the geese are thought-about home, they’re out of the division’s jurisdiction.
“If someone is hurting the domestic ducks out there, there is very little that we can do. We can assist the city or the sheriffs department in the investigation but ultimately it comes down to the city’s jurisdiction,” stated Adams.
The group of involved residents says they’re engaged on arising with a plan to see what they will do to assist the animals.
“We’re looking for suggestions and volunteers that may be interested in starting work together to get this done,” stated Pam.
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