Dead geese in Idaho

Dozens of dead geese fall from the sky in ‘freak’ incident

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On Saturday night, a freak incident resulted in the death of dozens of geese who were flying over Idaho. According to KCTV 5 News, officials believe that approximately 50 geese were killed by a lightning strike in the midst of a severe thunderstorm.

Idaho Department of Fish and Game conservation officer Jacob Berl described the condition of the dead geese to East Idaho News, “Several of the geese had their stomachs blown open and all of them were dead. None were injured. Hail likely would have knocked them out of the sky but they would have been able to glide down and land at different places.”

He added, “It was just a freak accident. It’s sad to see any animal die, but fortunately snow geese are pretty abundant and are not a rare or threatened species.”

Fish and Wildlife officials will be conducting a necropsy on some of the dead geese to see if there is another possible cause for their death.

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4 replies
  1. Stephen Phillips says:

    Rest-in-peace, precious souls: “Abundant” or not, your loss is nonetheless tragic…
    The only saving grace is that you passed instantly.

  2. vicki hood says:

    Tears. Geese are one of my favorites. Wonderful parents. Mom and Dad both protect their babies. Lord help you if you threaten them in any way. They can be very sweet too. certain ones will come for cuddles and stay by your side.


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