ROCKVILLE, Md. — Teenage suspects are wanted in the death of a “beloved” Canada Goose in Rockville last week, police said.
New Mark Lake, a private lake in the New Mark Commons neighborhood, has been a peaceful home for the family of four geese for several years, Rockville police said.
A goose was found dead with “serious injuries” on Sunday July 24 after three teenagers were spotted in the family goose area, police say. Canada geese are protected by federal and state laws.
Police allege that at least three boys were seen near the lake between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. At that time, the geese were heard making noise and three of them swam “frenziedly” according to the police. Shortly after, the dead goose was found.
The boys were last seen fleeing to a bridge in the area.
Police described the suspects as at least two slender black teenagers between the ages of 12 and 15. One was last seen wearing a bright yellow shirt or light jacket. Police had no description for the third teenager.
Police called the incident a “gross act of animal cruelty” and asked anyone with information about the incident to call 240-314-8933 or email Agent Mowell at [email protected]