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Geese find new homes after several killed by motorist

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Nearly 40 geese around the Clinton River area in Mount Clemens will find new homes at a private farm after several were killed by a motorist this week.

It is unclear if the incident was intentional, according to Clinton Township Police.

The incident happened shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday on northbound Gratiot Avenue near Wellington Crescent, in an area bordering Mount Clemens and Clinton Township.

Witnesses told police that vehicles stopped on Gratiot as more than a dozen geese made their way across the street, however one vehicle kept driving and hit several of them. Three geese were killed at the scene and one was euthanized due to its injuries, said Michael Hudson, executive assistant for Macomb County Animal Control. Another two injured geese are believed to be in the area.

Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle said he sent his best detectives to Warren to question the driver of the suspected vehicle — a Honda Pilot. They found no evidence that the vehicle was involved in the incident, Maierle said.

“We have nothing at this point,” he said.

A witness took photos of the scene on Thursday where several geese were killed by a motorist on northbound Gratiot Avenue near Wellington Crescent.

In response to the incident a private farm has agreed to take the area geese, Hudson said. He declined to name the farm, which he says is out of the county. About 10 geese were taken to the farm Friday.

The geese live in Shadyside Park along the Clinton River and often cross Gratiot. The geese have become accustomed to people in the area feeding them, Hudson said.

“They’ve been there forever,” Hudson said. “There’s a love hate relationship with the community. People love them and feed them. They’re a motorist hazard and a hazard to themselves crossing the street.”

People have asked animal control in the past if the geese could be moved from the area. That’s difficult with geese that rely on people to feed them, Hudson said.

“This kind of incident shines light on not feeding wild animals,” Hudson said. “I think people have the right idea on their mind when they try take care of them and feed them. This is kind of an example of how it’s not.”

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