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What to do if you see injured waterfowl

Posted at 12:42 PM, Apr 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-14 14:42:43-04

Most Montana residents have had to slow down at one time or another for waterfowl crossing the road.

And every once in awhile, you may see an injured bird walking around the area.

While the sight of an injured goose has raised concerns, officials at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said they must let the cycle of nature play out.

FWP spokesman Bruce Auchly said predatory animals in the area such as bald eagles and foxes rely on injured waterfowl as a food source.

Auchly noted, however, that waterfowl, which includes ducks, geese, and other large aquatic birds, are federally protected, and any abuse that you see can be reported.

Auchly said anyone who sees a crime involving waterfowl, such as someone intentionally trying to harm a goose or duck, should call the FWP hotline at 1-800-TIP-MONT.

While some places in Montana rehabilitate raptors such as eagles, Auchly said there is no facility in the state for injured waterfowl.

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