Statesboro dentist Dr. Ricky Lane apologized Saturday for an incident earlier in the week where he said he “was responsible for the unintentional” deaths of three goslings.
Lane was cited Tuesday by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources after reportedly killing three baby Canada geese with a broom.
Dr. Lane is charged with violation of Georgia Code 27-3-22, “unlawful hunting/possession of birds or parts,” according to a copy of a citation written by Georgia Department of Natural Resources Ranger First-Class Jason Miller.
Canada geese are a protected species under state and federal law, which means it is illegal to hunt, kill, sell, purchase or possess the geese except according to Georgia’s migratory bird regulations.
In describing the incident, Lane said geese coming from a small pond behind his Market Place office were bothering patients as they tried to enter and exit, so “I used a broom to gently shoo them away,” he said.
“An adult goose became more aggressive and as I pushed a little harder with the broom I lost control and it fell on the goslings. My intention was not to harm any of the geese and certainly not kill them.
“I feel terrible about it. It was not my intent to kill the goslings or anything and I’m sorry about the whole incident. I think the people that know me in this community know that I would not ever intentionally harm a baby goose, or any goose for that matter.”
Bulloch County Humane Enforcement Supervisor Joey Sanders said humane officers responded to the scene, on Bermuda Run Road behind Lane’s office, where complainants stated they witnessed Lane striking the goslings with a broom.
Sanders turned the case over to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
The Statesboro Herald obtained a copy of the citation from the Bulloch County Clerk of Courts Office.
Lane is required to attend Bulloch County State Court to respond to the citation July 15, according to the summons.
According to witnesses and officials, the Canada geese, adults and goslings, have been observed in a small pond between office complexes in the Market District behind East Georgia Regional Medical Center.
If Canada geese become a nuisance, homeowners and business owners can discourage nesting by using chemical repellents, Mylar balloons, wire or string barriers and noise makers, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
Permits from the DNR also are available to reduce goose reproduction by destroying nests or tampering with the eggs, such as coating them with oil and preventing oxygen from penetrating the shell and killing the embryo.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has more information on securing permits and the Georgia DNR provides brochures on other control measures.