Geese die before city of Woodland puts out water trough

WOODLAND – City officials provided water for a small flock of geese fighting for survival in an old retention basin, but concerned community members said it may have been too late for several geese that died overnight.

The domestic geese live in the old retention basin along Interstate 5 north of Woodland, but years of drought have taken its toll. The retention is now dried out, with no water left for the geese and ducks that live there to drink.

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Kat Lane is glad the city delivered on their promise of water for the birds, but she thinks it was too little too late. Lane said her friend noticed several dead geese Friday morning, before the city of Woodland put out a water trough for the birds.

By the time News10 arrived on scene, there was one dead goose, but it's unclear how long it had been there.

Lane also put out more water for them and refilled the plastic containers she brought Thursday evening. She believes the birds are in danger, especially since city officials apparently don't plan on checking on the birds this weekend.

"It irritates me. It makes me sad because they're apparently letting it go because it's their weekend," Lane said. "I'm going to come and check if I can. If they need water, I will bring it out. Let's move them, get it done. Let's save them instead of leaving them out here to die. It's not fair."

The geese and ducks have apparently lived in the retention basin since the 80s. State Fish and Wildlife said these domesticated geese cannot fly and were most likely left here by someone years ago.

Lane said she wants the city to act quickly to find the birds a new home.

News10 could not reach anyone at the city of Woodland for a comment tonight.


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