Dead geese dumped on A40
12:01pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
THE rotting carcasses of six dead geese were unceremoniously dumped in black bin bags at the side of the A40 last week.
They were left in a lay-by near Haverfordwest Golf Club, on the Haverfordwest to Narberth road.
The animals, understood to be Canada geese, were brought to the attention of the RSPCA on Thursday (October 10), before being passed on to the county council for disposal.
A spokesman for Pembrokeshire County Council said: “The geese carcasses were collected and disposed of by Tom Goddard and Sons of Camrose, the animal collection and disposal business.”
With distinctive black heads and necks, and large white throat patches, the birds can have wingspans of up to 180cm.
Originally an introduced species from North America, they can now be found throughout the UK, and are usually found in large flocks in parks, grassland areas, and near reservoirs and lakes.
They are seen by many as a nuisance, both for their noisy ‘honking’ calls, and the damage their faeces can do to crops.
According to the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), Canada geese can be shot throughout the year in England and Wales, even during close season, providing a general licence has been obtained.
Animals carcasses, such as sheep, by the side of the road can be reported to Pembrokeshire County Council’s Animal Health Team on 01437 764551.