Man Charged for Running Down Goose Guarding Mate

By KOLR10 News

Published 05/12 2014 03:55PM

Updated 05/12 2014 09:29PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Nixa man is facing misdemeanor charges after admitting to running over and killing a goose as it protected its nesting mate in the parking lot of Grizzly Industrial, Inc.

The 36-year-old man was charged with two counts of killing wildlife illegally after the mid-April incident.

Surveillance footage taken the day of the incident showed a late-model Dodge appearing to purposely run over a Canadian goose. The vehicle then turned around and made a second pass at the animal. The video also caught the license plate of the vehicle.

According to a probable cause statement, the license plate was tracked back to a woman in Newton County with a 2013 Dodge passenger vehicle.

After police made contact, the woman said she did not know anything about a goose being run over, and that her boyfriend often borrows her vehicle.

Shortly after interviewing the woman, the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Southwest Regional Office received a call from a man saying he heard an agent with the office was looking for him.

When asked why an agent from the department would be looking for him, the man said it was because he ran over a goose in the Grizzly parking lot.

The man later met with a Conservation agent and said that he was driving his girlfriend’s vehicle when he went to Grizzly to check on their store hours.

He said he was driving in the parking lot when he saw a “duck”. He accelerated, swerved and hit the animal.

According to the probable cause statement, the man repeatedly said he was just joking around and his girlfriend’s vehicle got away from him because he was not used to driving it.

The man later said he thought the goose would move.

When asked why he turned around and hit the goose again, the man said he was checking to see if the goose was dead and he didn’t think he hit it again.

The man said he was just “joking around” and “didn’t mean to hit it.”

After the Department of Conservation agent took the man’s verbal statement, a voluntary written statement of the incident was also provided by the man.

An arraignment has been scheduled for June 12 at 9 a.m.

Because the man was charged with misdemeanors, KOLR10 News will withhold his name from broadcast and online stories.

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