Goose dies in Paradise due to fishing hook

A family is concerned about the safety of birds in Paradise, after finding a dead goose.

Posted: Jan 3, 2021 8:53 PM
Updated: Jan 4, 2021 9:02 AM

PARADISE, Calif. - One Paradise girl is taking a stand after she watched a goose die on New Year's Day.

"We wanted to make a stand about the fishing going on here especially the adult fishing, and not using safe equipment. There's no Canadian Geese here today after yesterday or Friday they all fled," said Isabella Villela. 

Isabella Villela and her mom were at the Paradise Aquatic Park on January 1, when they saw a goose falling on the shore. 

"He was just stumbling over and couldn't stand, and before we could go see what was wrong he flew in the water and we noticed a fishing lure on him," said Villela. 

Villela says the lure was not like others that she has seen at the park before. 

"It is one with three hooks it is pretty big," said Villela.

Villela and her mom say they called the Paradise Police, who showed up, but they did not have the proper equipment to do anything.  Villela says Animal Control said they did not have anyone working, but would come to help the next day. 

They say they took matters into their own hands. 

"My family got the canoe out here and we put my dad in the water and he had gone out, but by the time it got there it had drown, because the hook when it was trying to get itself off had gotten attached to the beak of it," said Villela. 

Action News Now spoke to Paradise Mayor Steve Crowder about the incident. 

"I thought we had an animal control on duty every day, but they have been closed here in the last month or so with short staff and what have you," said Crowder. 

"I want to take the next step to stop the fishing here and maybe there is something that can be done to invent a fishing hook that doesn't hurt the animals at all and is environment friendly," said Villela. 

Villela says she is going to look into every single option she can because the pond is a place she feels connected to after the fire. 

Mayor Steve Crowder says this is unacceptable and he will be looking into why Animal Control was not available. 

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