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Hunters poached rare Alaskan goose

 

January 19, 2022

LONG FLIGHT HOME ALONE- This white-headed emperor goose came down from Alaska in December with its mate. It will be returning home alone. It's partner was killed by hunters. The other two birds are brant geese. -Photo by Nancy Crowell

Gary Bletsch was at March’s Point Dec. 5, 2021, doing what he does most days – looking at birds. When he spotted a pair of rare emperor geese among the brants and other waterfowl in the area, he sent a quick note to a bird research listserv run out of the University of Washington to alert other birders to his find. Then he went back to watching and saw something no birder ever wants to see; hunters in a blind on one of the islands offshore started shooting. He then saw a lone brant goose on the water, clearly wounded. And next he saw one of the two emperor geese he had spotted, swim...



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