At least three ducks and two geese that had been hit by blow darts were discovered Wednesday at Boise’s Julia Davis Park.
Idaho Fish and Game spokesman Roger Phillips told the Statesman that one of the geese has been captured and sent to a rehabilitation center. Phillips cannot say for sure whether the birds will ultimately survive, but that attempts will be made to capture and rehabilitate them.
“It’s certainly not a good situation,” he said. “We can’t say definitively if they are going to live or die.”
The birds were discovered by Brian Rodenspiel at approximately 5:45 p.m. Tuesday.
“I was mortified when I first saw these ducks, but I knew that I was there to help them. Photographing waterfowl has given me so much joy over the years, so I often feed them corn as my thanks for letting me share in their world. I took this personal and made it my responsibility to right this wrong done to them by the evil in my world,” Rodenspiel told the Statesman in a message. “I’m so pleased with the community’s help in getting these ducks and geese the care they needed.”
Phillips said this is not the first time an incident with blow darts has occurred. There are no leads on who harmed the birds, but the Boise Police Department is aware of the situation, he said.
Contact the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at 800-632-5999 if you have information about the incident.