Who is Protecting the Geese and Ducks in William Land Park?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

land park geesePoaching, theft and senseless cruelty against our geese and ducks in Land Park has been going on for a long time now, but it seems to be getting worse. Residents are reporting that more fowl are disappearing or they're finding them with broken necks. It's not just happening in Land Park, either, but seems to be fairly common in East Sacramento's McKinley Park and along the waterways in the Pocket.

The Sacramento City Parks and Recreation Department has put up warning signs, but the activity continues. Please, residents of Land Park, McKinley and Pocket, and visitors to our parks, please call 3-1-1 if you suspect a bird is being harmed or stolen. At present, the penalty is a $350 fine, but we need to raise it. Abuse of wildlife should not be tolerated.

The city of Sacramento is considering raising the fine to $1,000, making it a misdemeanor and giving the culprits jail time. I say write to your Sacramento City Council members to let them know that you favor an increased fine and you want this activity to cease.

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Gary Woltal
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Elizabeth, these stories are senseless and hard to fathom what is going on here. People involved with cruelty to animals either are completely stupid or very sick. I never understand this category of humanity. Don't they have anything else to do with their lives? Glad you spotlighted what is going on in the park. It takes away the joy of the interaction of the birds with all the rest of us "normal" folks.

Jan 31, 2009 02:09 AM #1
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Susan Mangigian
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What kind of a person could do something like this?  That is terrible.

Jan 31, 2009 02:20 AM #2
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Bonnie Johnson
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I am so sorry to hear about that! Here in Wisconsin there has been a terrible rash of duck and deer killings, apparently people think its ok to chase ducks and deer with snowmobiles and then ride over them. Can you imagine how awful! Senseless!!

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Jan 31, 2009 02:31 AM #3
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Elizabeth:  I can't even finish reading your post.  I got to the part of broken necks and my stomach turned.  Cruelty to animals is absolutely unacceptable.  I hope your community finds the guilty parties and punish them appropriately.

Jan 31, 2009 02:45 AM #4
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Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
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Elizabeth

It is amazing the lengths some people will go to; why on Earth would anyone want to hurt something that is some esthetically peaceful looking, defenseless,and harmless as can be?

Sincerely

Tom Braatz

Jan 31, 2009 04:30 AM #5
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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Hmmm!  That explains the party I attended a couple evenings ago, where a number of us were dining on Peking Duck :-)  I also have a recipe for wonderful roast duck with a reduction sauce of black currants and red wine. 

Jan 31, 2009 09:58 AM #6
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Elizabeth, you're not letting those cats out at night are you?  Are their appetites still good?  Remember my cat caught a fowl!

Jan 31, 2009 11:34 AM #7
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Tammy Lankford,
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I think they should be sentenced to walk around with a sandwich board that reads.  I am a cruel SOB who murdered innocent animals and the public should throw tomatoes at them every day for about a month.  Creeps.

Jan 31, 2009 12:24 PM #8
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
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I like the public humiliation it would have more impact than a fine. Maybe we should bring the stocks back to the town square.

Jan 31, 2009 02:20 PM #9
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I don't know you guys; if I caught somebody harming wildlife, I'd probably stick their heads under water and hold my foot on it while I called the cops.

elizabeth

Jan 31, 2009 03:08 PM #10
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Elizabeth - When my kids were growing up we had a pet duck, which looked much like the one in your picture.  Our duck wandered around our back yard, and swam in a fish pond we had.  There was a German Shepherd that lived down the street, and that dog literally managed to get over the back gate, and into our yard before I could even react.  It was after the duck, and within an instant grabbed our beloved pet and killed it by breaking it's neck.  If there are neighborhood dogs in the area of the park (especially hunting dogs), the ducks can be in danger.  I only mention this because you spoke about the broken necks.  That can be characteristic of dogs, rather than humans.

Jan 31, 2009 03:17 PM #11
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The reports I've read about the dead wildlife say there are no marks such as those another animal would leave, Myrl. Besides, we don't have loose dogs running around Land Park. If residents spotted a dog wandering around, they would take the dog home and try to find the owner or turn it in to the Sacramento SPCA.

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Feb 01, 2009 12:42 AM #12
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I certainly wouldn't expect loose dogs in that area - other than perhaps the occassional unleashed dog running through the park with a jogger, that gets into mischief.  I hate to say it, but I would almost prefer to think that, than know there are individuals out there that are of such a horrible mindset which allows them to abuse animals in such a terrible way.

Feb 01, 2009 03:39 AM #13
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