Lakewood-Township police and the state Division of Fish and Wildlife are examining reports that kids were brought to a goose home to beat and badger the birds every day, maybe to take the eggs.
The occurrences occurred through the span of five days earlier this month close to a retention lake on Cedar Bridge Avenue, as per a lady who says she saw the assaults and alarmed the police a few times., according to New Jersey 10.5 News.
The lady, who asked that her name not be incorporated into the story feared by a striking back and revenge in her community, revealed to New Jersey 101.5 that her office overlooks the lake where the Canada geese are settling.
The first run the assaults occurred was about 2:15 p.m. May 13 when the lady said she heard shouting outside her office. She said she “saw a group of boys (maybe 10 of them) screaming and clapping and walking towards a goose who was flapping his wings and honking.”
She said she needed to shout at them to stop, however “they couldn’t hear me so I went to get my telephone and they left.”
She said she didn’t think anything about the episode at the time and “thought maybe they were walking by the pond and the goose was going after them so they were trying to make it get back.”
She saw a gathering of young men head to the lake the following day around a similar time and when she looked from her second-floor office window she saw “a smaller group of boys swinging large sticks around at the goose. Again, by the time I got my phone out they were leaving.”
She said that is the point at which she called Lakewood police who “told me that since the boys were no longer there, there wasn’t much that could be done but they would send someone out to check the area.”
The assaults proceeds for a third back to back day, she said.
“This time I saw the big sticks make contact with the goose and noticed a second goose. After I got out of work, I drove over to where the boys were and saw that there was a nest … As my husband drove us home, I called the police again. This time I was crying and they asked me to go back and meet an officer there. I showed the officer where the nest was and the sticks that had been used.”
She said she didn’t see the young men on Thursday yet they returned on Friday evening.
“This time I saw them stomping near the nest and saw them hit the mother goose so hard that she fell into the water,” she said. “The geese were screaming and going towards the kids but when they would get close the kids would hit them.
“I yelled out the window, ‘I hope you know what you are doing is illegal!’ and the woman hurried the kids into the van. I was too far away to get a plate number.”
She called the police again, who arrived a few minutes later.
“They also had animal control with them and said that she (the mother goose) didn’t appear to be hurt,” she said.
Township police affirmed the investigation and encouraged anybody with data to call Sgt. Kenneth Burdge at 732-363-0200 or the Division of Fish and Wildlife at 609-292-2965.