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Fayetteville Tech student charged in goose shooting

Posted April 24, 2010
Updated November 8, 2016

Editor's Note: The charges against Geoffrey Caquias were dismissed on Oct. 6, 2011.

A Fayetteville Technical Community College student has been charged after a goose sitting on eggs in a school parking lot was shot.

Security guards saw Geoffrey Caquias pull out a BB gun Friday morning and shoot the Canadian goose, which had made a nest and laid four eggs in a parking lot median, said Debbie Tanna, a spokeswoman for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

The goose was struck in the neck but has refused to leave the nest. Tanna said that rescuers can't help the bird, because federal law forbids disturbing the nest of an protected species.

The goose was still alive Saturday morning.

Caquias was cited for animal cruelty and other misdemeanor charges. If the goose dies, he will face stronger charges, Tanna said.

Caquias was also banned from the Fayetteville Tech campus.


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  • Seenenuff Apr 26, 2010

    Shooting a goose on a nest of eggs is pure idiocy.

  • larky74406 Apr 26, 2010

    Canada Geese should not be protected by the Migratory Bird Act. This one clearly has no intentions of migrating.