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Fayetteville man pleads guilty to poisoning geese

Posted August 29, 2012

— A Fayetteville man pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing Canada geese in June, authorities said.

Roy Bernard Goforth Jr. was fined $100 and ordered to pay $2,500 to replace 20 geese after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unlawful taking Canada geese.

The geese were found dead on June 2 near a Cumberland County pond. An investigation by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission concluded that Goforth had poisoned the geese with a pesticide.

Wildlife officers cited Goforth Wednesday, and his attorney asked for an immediate court hearing, authorities said.

“He had a right to a speedy trial, and he got one,” Wildlife Commission Sgt. Kent Barefoot said in a statement.


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  • oleguy Aug 31, 2012

    I agree give him a medal,, There is nothing nice or pretty about a flock of geese, They dont hang around me very long,,,

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Aug 30, 2012

    I love the geese! They come in my yard on occasion and I run out and feed them bread. They love it. I usually count 24-25 geese. They always bring a smile to my face. They will hiss at me, but I know they are just being cantakkerous. Sometimes, I get lucky and one of them will actually come up to me and take a piece of bread from my fingers. It's neat the way their ruff beak feels. Yes. They do leave a mess, but to me, it's worth it, because they are so sweet!!


  • NCworkingwoman Aug 30, 2012

    The hunting season for them opens Saturday. Hope to see you out there. - Just another bad guy

    Do you shoot them and eat them? Not attacking or criticising - I am a totally curious nonhunter (not against hunting, just have to interest in doing it myself)

  • Big D 87 Aug 30, 2012

    where did you get their Federally protected.

  • piratechick Aug 30, 2012

    Love this guy!

  • piratechick Aug 30, 2012

    I hate geese...they are mean and nasty and taking over!!

  • JohnnyMcRonny Aug 30, 2012

    Geese are migratory birds that sometimes cross international borders. Therefore, they are protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. The government can't pick and choose which species to protect.

    The only thing you are lawfully allowed to do to discourage them is to annoy them. This is what airports and utility companies do.

    For the record, geese are one of my favorite birds to watch especially in formation and coming into land.

    Those of you complaining about their droppings, get a life.

  • fayncmike Aug 30, 2012

    The fine is pitifully low. I would think more like $5,000.00 and, let's say 80 hours community service tending the geese.

  • scifion Aug 30, 2012

    Without natural predators they have become a nuisance and a potential for spreading disease. I think their status as a protected species should be re-evaluated, and at minimum be condemned to some culling in areas of dense human populations.

  • ligonmaterial23 Aug 30, 2012

    They dont agree with a seven rem mag too much , I will take them any and every chance I get . Its like the RDU airport for geese behind my house . All I hear all day and all night