It was an awful sight for a mother and son driving home from church Christmas day. They encountered dead waterfowl scattered along a road near Elkhorn.
Teresa and son Marcus came across the lifeless flock. “Hard to comprehend someone did something like that,” said Marcus.
The carcasses of 23 game birds, 10 Canada geese, 10 ducks and three snow geese were scattered for about a half-mile along Old Lincoln Highway near 192nd Street, not far from a housing development. “To do that and just leave them beside the road for anybody to see and to just rot away,” said Teresa.
The Nebraska Humane Society's Mark Langan says all the birds had been shot and the breast meat cut from most of the geese, an indication the water fowl had been harvested someplace else and the carcasses tossed by someone passing by.
After a call from Fact Finders, the Humane Society came out and removed the dead waterfowl. If they get a tip on who dumped the bird carcasses, it could lead to a maximum sentence of a $500 fine and six months in jail.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's Greg Wagner calls the dead bird dumping the work of unethical hunters that gives good ones a bad name.
“Kids don't need to see that,” said Teresa. “It’s Christmas, too.”
The Humane Society reports some of the discarded duck carcasses are intact, so those birds appear to have been shot for sport, not eating. The way the dead waterfowl were disposed of along a roadside leaves an impression of bad will hunting. “That's just disrespectful,” says Marcus.