Police said the driver of a silver Dodge Journey intentionally killed the goose earlier this month.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -
Missouri state investigators said Friday they are closing in on the person responsible for killing a federally-protected bird in Springfield. The Canada goose was trying to protect its nesting mate in a parking lot near Battlefield and Kansas when police said the driver of a Silver Dodge Journey intentionally drove over it twice.
"It's a federal law for a reason. We have these for a reason. They all serve a purpose," said Shannon Ohrenberg, a state conservation agent.
This nesting mother goose, now protected by barricades, is also protected by federal law, as was her lifelong mate.
"The males they stand by and guard the female they try to intimidate anybody that comes up," Ohrenberg said.
But the 4-to-10 pound water fowl was no match for a 4,000 pound Silver Dodge Journey, captured in surveillance video at Grizzly Industrial, intentionally targeting the bird and driving over it twice.